WACL Speaker Dinner, Tuesday 10th February 2004
Ann Fudge is Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam, Inc., a global network of pre-eminent companies that cover the full range of marketing communications. She also serves as Chairman and CEO of its largest division, Y&R Advertising. Y&R Companies also include Burson-Marsteller (public relations / public affairs), Wunderman (direct and database marketing), Landor Associates (brand consulting and creative design), Sudler & Hennessey (healthcare communications), among others.
Prior to Young & Rubicam, she served as President, Beverages, Desserts and Post Division—a $5 billion unit of Kraft Foods. She served on Kraft’s Management Committee and has managed many businesses including Maxwell House Coffee, Gevalia Kaffe, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, Post cereals, Jell-O desserts and Altoids. Before joining General Foods, she spent nine years at General Mills, Inc., where she began as a Marketing Assistant and rose to the level of Marketing Director.
She serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Board of Directors of Catalyst and is a trustee of the Brookings Institution. She is a member of The Committee of 200 and The Council on Foreign Relations.
Among her honors are Leadership Awards from the Minneapolis and New York City YWCA, the 1998 Alumni Achievement Award from Harvard Business School and the 2000 Achievement Award from the Executive Leadership Council. She has been profiled in Black Enterprise magazine and The New York Times, and named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business.
Ms. Fudge received her BA from Simmons College and her MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.