Wednesday 5 October 2016


General David H. Petraeus

Chairman of the KKR Global Institute and former Director of the CIA

General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus is one of the most prominent U.S. military figures of the post-9/11 era. During his 37-year career in the United States Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his leadership of the Surge in Iraq, for his oversight of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counter-insurgency manual and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. 

A graduate with distinction from the United States Military Academy, General Petraeus is the  only person in U.S. Army history to be the top graduate in both the U.S. Army’s challenging Ranger School and the year-long U.S. Army Command and General Staff College course. He also earned a Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary program of international relations and economics from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

After retirement from the military, General Petraeus served as Director of the CIA. He is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He holds positions with several universities and is a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, and seven veterans service organizations and is also engaged in personal venture capital investing. 

General Petraeus has been awarded numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals, including four awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, and Master Parachutist Wings, as well as the Madison Medal from Princeton University.  He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.

NEW YORK-- JULY 22: Former CIA Director GEN David Petraeus during interview for CBS/Showtime documentary on CIA directors, New York, New York, July 22, 2015. (Photo David Hume Kennerly/GettyImages)

"The job of the leader is to get the big ideas right."

General David H. Petraeus