Kathy Widmer is the Group President, North America and Latin America for Kenvue. She leads a fully integrated, end-to-end team responsible for driving the growth strategy in North America, accelerating breakthrough capabilities, ensuring flawless execution and combining them with the company’s competitive advantage of scale and depth to enable long-term growth. She also oversees the company’s development in Latin America.
Kathy leads a significant portion of the Kenvue business, delivering personal health and wellness solutions to consumers through beloved brands, including Neutrogena®, Listerine®, Tylenol®, Johnson’s®, OGX®, Aveeno® and Zarbee’s®. As a leader, Kathy believes in the power of culture and her mission is to create an environment where her team can perform at their very best. She embraces transparency, optimism and is known for building agile teams and accelerating breakthrough capabilities.
Kathy brings more than 30 years of experience, spanning supply chain to commercial, small company to large multi-national, and operational leader to public company board director. Kathy began her corporate career in the Consumer division at Johnson & Johnson where she advanced through many roles, eventually leading Marketing for the US Self Care business. She then joined Elizabeth Arden, Inc., where she was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for global marketing strategy, development and execution. Kathy returned to Johnson & Johnson as President of the US Self Care division and was later appointed to Company Group Chairman for North America and Latin America.
Kathy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and is among the earliest graduating classes with women. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.
Kathy joined the Board of Directors for the Consumer Brands Association in 2022, an organization that champions growth and innovation for the industry whose products consumers depend on every day. In 2013, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Texas Roadhouse, nominated to serve because of her extensive marketing experience in the retail sector and her consumer-focused expertise.
Kathy is passionate about supporting military veterans and their families. From 2017 to 2023, she served on the Board of Directors for Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization focused on the health and wellbeing of Post 9/11 veterans and their families. She served as Chairman of the Board from 2021 to 2023.