Founding Partner, Centerview Capital
James M. Kilts is the Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Consumer, a private equity firm which was founded in 2006. Previously, Mr. Kilts served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Gillette until it merged with The Procter & Gamble Company; at that time he became Vice Chairman of the Board of The Procter & Gamble Company.
Prior to Gillette, Mr. Kilts served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nabisco until its acquisition by the Philip Morris Companies.
Before joining Nabisco, he had headed the $27 billion Worldwide Food group of Philip Morris, where he was an Executive Vice President. In that role, he was responsible for integrating Kraft and General Foods and for shaping the group’s domestic and international strategy.
Mr. Kilts previously had served as President of Kraft USA and Oscar Mayer. He also had been Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development, President of Kraft Limited in Canada, and Senior Vice President of Kraft International.
Mr. Kilts received a bachelor’s degree in History from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Kilts is currently Chairman of the Board of Advantage Solutions, Chairman of The Simply Good Foods Company, a member of the Board of Directors of Unifi, Inc., and Viatris Inc. He is a former board member of Pfizer, MetLife, Delta Airlines, May Department Stores, Whirlpool Corporation, The New York Times Company, MeadWestvaco and former Chairman of the Board of The Nielsen Company and Big Heart Pet Brands.
He is a Life Trustee of Knox College, serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago, Founder and Co-Chair, Steering Committee, of the Kilts Center for Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Life Member of the Chicago Booth Council.
Mr. Kilts is the author of the book, Doing What Matters, which reflects on his business experiences.