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Kraft Foods hires former Avon general counsel

Kim Rucker has been named the new executive vice president and head of corporate and legal affairs at international food and beverage company Kraft Foods in Northfield, Illinois.

She will begin her post in late August as part of the management team responsible for leading the legal, corporate governance and corporate affairs functions.

Later this year, Kraft Foods will launch the Kraft Food Group where Rucker will become the general counsel and corporate secretary reporting to North America President and future CEO Tony Vernon.

Rucker will join from Avon Products where currently she serves as SVP, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Prior to joining Avon, Rucker held several important positions at Energy Future Holdings.

“Kim’s extensive experience providing strong strategic and legal counsel to boards of directors, CEOs and executive teams of large public companies will be invaluable as we become a stand-alone entity,” said Vernon. “Her broad and deep background in law and corporate governance, plus her knowledge of the CPG sector, make her an important asset to our team.”

Commenting on her appointment, Rucker said: “I am extremely delighted and honoured to join a world-class executive team and a company embarking on an exciting future.“

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