David Petraeus

David Petraeus

Aspen Strategy Group Member, Partner, KKR Global, and Former Director of the CIA

General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) is a partner in the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also a member of the boards of Optiv and OneStream, a personal venture investor, and engaged in various academic endeavors. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career with six consecutive commands, five of which were in combat, including command of the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of forces in Afghanistan. Following retirement from the military, he served as the Director of the CIA from 2011 through 2012. General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University.  He has held academic affiliations with USMA, USC, Harvard, and CUNY, and he is currently a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale, a member of the Trilateral Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Global Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Over the past 15 years, General Petraeus was named one of America’s 25 Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report, a runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, twice a TIME 100 selectee, Princeton University’s Madison Medalist, and three times one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals. General Petraeus has earned numerous awards including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.