Kim Rucker is Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs of Kraft Foods North America located in Chicago. Upon the launch of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. later this year, she will become Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She will report to North America President and future CEO Tony Vernon.
Kraft Foods Inc. is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands including biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries with a 2011 revenue of more than $54.4 billion.
Prior to her role at Kraft, Kim was Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Avon Products, Inc. There Kim advised Avon's Board of Directors, executives and business leaders around the world, and supported the company's strategic initiatives. She also lead a nearly 200-member Global Legal Organization, and directed Avon's global legal operations including corporate governance, transactions, compliance, litigation, government affairs and intellectual property.
Before her role at Avon, Kim was Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer for Energy Future Holdings, Corp., Dallas, Texas (f/k/a TXU Corp.). There she played a key role in the company's $45 billion private equity transaction, and guided its Board of Directors and senior management on numerous legal, business and policy-related matters, including: corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters, strategic business transactions, executive compensation, disclosure strategy, corporate secretary and security functions.
Before TXU, Kim was Corporate Counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation at its world headquarters in Dallas, Texas with responsibilities in corporate governance, corporate transactions, securities law and other legal matters.
Previously, Kim was also a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group at Sidley Austin LLP in its Chicago, Illinois office. Sidley is one of the world's largest law firms, with more than 1600 lawyers and offices in 17 cities in the US, Europe and Asia.
Kim was born and raised in the Chicago area. In 1993, she was awarded her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Iowa in 1989. There, she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and graduated with highest honors.
Kim has numerous recognitions for her achievements and has been in publications in the legal, corporate governance and compliance areas. She also has to her credit extensive speaking engagements.