Observers are closely watching the progress of Ms. Haben, along with that of Ann Fudge, president of Maxwell House and Post, and Betsy Holden, now exec VP-Kraft Foods, heading operations, research and development.
As of last year, Ms. Haben was the only one of the triumvirate who had not yet received a president's post. That was remedied in December when she was named president of Kraft's $3 billion cheese division, reporting directly to Kraft President-CEO Robert Eckert.
Until recently exec VP-general manager of foodservice and pizza, Ms. Haben's fast track was built on Kraft's pizza business, particularly its powerhouse rising-crust brand, DiGiorno.
Ms. Haben is a career lifer at Kraft. She has served in capacities ranging from brand manager to general manager-enhancers and exec VP heading sales, customer service and marketing services technology.