David H. Petraeus

David H. Petraeus

Partner, KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute
New York

General (Ret) David H. Petraeus (New York) joined KKR in 2013 and is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which supports KKR’s investment committees, portfolio companies, and investors with analysis of geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social, and governance issues. He was made a Partner at KKR in 2014. He is also a member of the boards of Optiv (cybersecurity) and OneStream (business software).

Prior to joining KKR, Gen. 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 coalition forces during the Surge in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, Gen. Petraeus served as the Director of the CIA during a period of significant achievements in the global war on terror.

Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently 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. He subsequently taught both subjects at the U.S. Military Academy and later completed a fellowship at Georgetown University. He has also served for 3-1/2 years as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College and he was for 6 years a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University.

Currently, he is also a personal venture capitalist, a Visiting Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute, an Honorary Professor of the University of Birmingham (England), a member of the Trilateral Commission, Senior Vice-President of the Royal United Services Institute, and Co-Chairman of the Global Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as well as a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War and the Atlantic Council and over a dozen veterans service organizations.

Gen. Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger tab, and master parachutist wings, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries. Over the past 15 years, General Petraeus has also been named a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Daily Telegraph man of the year, a Time 100 selectee, and for three years one of Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 public intellectuals.