W. Anthony Vernon
Retired Chief Executive Officer - North American G
chief executive officer
Mr. Vernon has served on our board of directors since 2006. He served as senior advisor to Kraft Foods Group, Inc. from January 2015 through March 2015, and chief executive officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (2012-2014). Mr. Vernon previously served as the executive vice president and president of Kraft Foods North America (2009-2012). He came to Kraft Foods from private equity firm Ripplewood Holdings, where he served since 2006 as healthcare industry partner. Prior to Ripplewood Holdings, Mr. Vernon led a number of Johnson and Johnson's largest franchises during a 23 year career, including company group chairman of DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. (2004-2005), president of Centocor, Inc. (2001-2004), president of McNeil Consumer Healthcare (1999-2001), and president worldwide of the Johnson & Johnson Merck Joint Venture (1995-1999). Mr. Vernon received a B.A. from Lawrence University and an M.B.A. from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.