Gen. David H. Petraeus
(US Army, Retired)
Convention Arena Luncheon | Hall A | Monday, July 17, 2017
General (U.S. Army, 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 counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat and for his command of coalition forces in Afghanistan that enabled the commencement of the transition of tasks to Afghan forces and institutions.
After General Petraeus’ retirement from the military, he served as Director of the CIA, during which time the Agency played the central role in a number of important achievements in the global war on terror, established an overarching strategic campaign plan for the Agency, and pursued initiatives to invest additional resources in the Agency’s most important element, its human capital.
Over the past decade, General Petraeus was named one of America’s 25 Best Leaders by the U.S. News and World Report, a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Daily Telegraph man of the year, and a Time 100 selectee. In recent years, his pieces have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and USA Today.
General Petraeus has also 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, the Ranger Tab, and Master Parachutist Wings. He has also been decorated by 13 foreign countries, as well. He is also the only individual who, while in uniform, threw out the first pitch at a World Series game and did the coin toss at a Super Bowl.
General Petraeus is now a Partner with the global investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, a position he has held for over three years.