Senior Fellow, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Former President, Developing Markets at Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International)
Sanjay Khosla is a Senior Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Senior Adviser at Boston Consulting Group.
Sanjay was President, Developing Markets at Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) from January 2007 to March 2013, responsible for 65,000 people in over 60 countries and iconic brands like Cadbury, Oreo, Milka, and Trident.
During his tenure, Sanjay:
Transformed the business from $5 Billion to $16 Billion in 6 years (doubled the business organically) while dramatically improving profitability and cash flow
Transformed brands like Oreo from $200 million to a $1 Billion and Tang from $500 million to $1 Billion in 5 years in developing markets
Helped spearhead and successfully integrate the acquisition of Cadbury (bought for $20 Billion) and Danone biscuits (bought for $7.8 Billion)
Before joining Kraft Foods, Sanjay turned around the $3 Billion consumer business of Fonterra, a global dairy company based in New Zealand. Prior to his tenure at Fonterra, Sanjay enjoyed a successful 27-year career with Unilever based in the UK, Europe and India. Sanjay implemented a bold program (Paint the World Yellow with Lipton) as Chairman of Global Category Board for Unilever Beverages. Sanjay also created the Wheel detergents business in India, which is one of Unilever's largest brands in India.
Sanjay is on the board of Zoetis Inc. (previously Pfizer Animal Health) and NIIT Ltd. Khosla was previously on the board of Best Buy Inc., Big Heart Pet Brands (previously Del Monte), Hindustan Unilever. He was co-chair of the Nestle/Fonterra joint venture for the Americas and on the board of the Lipton/Pepsi joint venture.
Sanjay has lectured extensively at Universities in the U.S. and in forums such as the Economist conference in London and Davos.
Sanjay authored a book, Fewer Bigger Bolder, with Professor Mohan Sawhney. The book discusses Focus7, proven framework for achieving sustained profitable growth.
Closing Keynote Address
Tuesday, February 28
US Army Master Sergeant
Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During a career that took him from an infantry private to a position of leadership in the elite Rangers, King graduated from a number of distinguished Army schools. These included The United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder Course, Air Assault Course, The United States Army Ranger Course, and others. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger competition participant.
On July 25, 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, King was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. The blast caused major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs. He applied the same determined can-do mindset to his recovery that he had relied on to succeed as an elite Army Ranger. With the love and support of his wife Kheida and daughters Amari and Khayma, he began rebuilding his life.
Just 21 months after losing both legs, King completed the Boston marathon, running on prosthetic blades. He has gone on to compete in a number of physically-daunting events, including a 70.3 mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and the 48.6 Disney Marathon series. There, he successfully completed four runs in four days --- a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon. King shares his inspirational story of endurance with audiences across the country including schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies. Just as he led and motivated men in combat, he now leads and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.