James M. Kilts
James M. Kilts is a Founding Partner of Centerview Partners, the private equity and financial advisory firm, which he joined in October 2006. Previously, he was Vice Chairman of the Board of The Procter & Gamble Company. Mr. Kilts had served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Gillette Company, which merged with P&G in October 2005.
In January 1998, Mr. Kilts joined the Nabisco Company and served as President and Chief Executive Officer until its acquisition by the Philip Morris Companies (now Altria) in December 2000.
Before joining Nabisco, he had headed the $27 billion Worldwide Food group of Philip Morris, where he was an Executive Vice President from 1994 to 1997. In that role, he was responsible for integrating Kraft and General Foods worldwide and for shaping the group’s domestic and international strategy and plans.
Mr. Kilts previously had served as President of Kraft USA and Oscar Mayer and oversaw the consolidation of these businesses into one company. He also had been Senior Vice President of strategy and development; President of Kraft Limited in Canada; and Senior Vice President of Kraft International. He began his career with General Foods Corporation in 1970.
A graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Mr. Kilts earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Kilts is a member of the Board of Directors of MetLife, The New York Times, and MeadWestvaco. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Knox College and the University of Chicago and is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is a past Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).