Ann Fudge is chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of preeminent companies across the full range of marketing communications. Young & Rubicam Brands companies also include: Burson-Marsteller (public relations/public affairs), Wunderman (direct and database marketing), Landor Associates (brand consulting and creative design), Sudler & Hennessey (strategic healthcare communications) and Cohn & Wolfe (public relations).
Prior to Young & Rubicam Brands, Fudge served as president of the Beverages, Desserts and Post Division – a five-billion-dollar 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, 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; the Harvard board of overseers; 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. Fudge also serves on the boards of the Ad Council and the Advertising Educational Foundation. In December 2005, Fudge was a recipient of the New York Executive Council’s Ten Awards, given for leadership and innovation in business. The previous year she was named as one of the top “Global Business Influentials” by Time magazine.
Fudge has received the Matrix Award for advertising from New York Women in Communications. Among her other honors are leadership awards from the Minneapolis and New York City YWCA, an Alumni Achievement Award from Harvard Business School and an Achievement Award from The Executive Leadership Council. She has been profiled in Black Enterprise magazine, Business Week and The New York Times, in addition to being named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business.
Fudge received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simmons College and her MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.