Career Rising on Kraft's DiGiorno

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A strong contender in a three-way race for a top slot at Kraft Foods is Mary Kay Haben, 42, one of three women scaling the corporate heights at the country's largest food company.

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.

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