Fortune magazine has listed St. Bonaventure alumnus Deborah Henretta, ’83, among the nation’s 50 most powerful women in business.
Henretta, a native of suburban Rochester and graduate of SBU’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Mass Communication, is now group president of Procter & Gamble Global Beauty. Fortune ranked her No. 21.
Henretta worked her way up the P&G ladder starting in 1985 as a brand assistant to Bold laundry detergent. By 2000, P&G’s chief executive officer promoted Henretta to revive the struggling baby-care division.
As the first woman to led P&G’s Global Baby Care business, she finished her time there having delivered four consecutive years of record growth in sales, volume and profit — results not seen in nearly two decades.
By 2007, Henretta lead P&G’s $14 billion retail business in Asia, including on-the-ground operations in 14 major markets and another 22 countries through distributor operations. She was responsible for P&G’s Asia portfolio that touches close to 2 billion consumers, and delivered volume, sales and profit growth.
In 2012, Henretta returned to Cincinnati from Singapore, where she'd run Asia for five years, and assumed responsibility for P&G's struggling $20 billion Beauty Care business.
Beyond P&G, Henretta served from 2007 to 2012 on the Singapore Economic Development Board, which acts as a board of directors for the country of Singapore. In 2009, she was honored to participate in a select Economic Strategies Committee commissioned by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and charged with developing a 10-year strategic plan for the country.
In 2008, Henretta received a U.S. State Department Appointment to serve as one of three U.S. representatives on the Business Advisory Council to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation). She is a frequent speaker on a range of subjects ranging from leadership to work/life balance to innovation and brand building.
Henretta is married with three children. She is an active supporter of a number of charitable causes including Caring for Cambodia and Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati.
Henretta gave the keynote address at St. Bonaventure’s 150th Commencement Exercises in 2010 and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
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