General (Ret) David H. Petraeus
Chairman of the KKR Global Institute | KKR
General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which supports KKR’s investment committees, portfolio companies, and limited partners with analysis of geopolitical and macro-economic trends, as well as environmental, social, and governance issues. He is also a member of the boards of two of KKR’s companies: Optiv and OneStream.
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, U.S. Central Command, and 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 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, and the Combat Action Badge. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries.
Since leaving government, he has also served as a Visiting Professor at CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University. Additionally, General Petraeus is a member of the boards of the Institute for the Study of War, the Atlantic Council, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and over a dozen veterans service organizations.
Gen. Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy in 1974 and earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He subsequently taught international relations and economics at USMA.