Brian Ruder is CEO of Skylight Partners, a strategic marketing and business development consulting group. Prior to founding Skylight Partners, Brian served as Executive Vice President of Global Marketing for Citigroup where he built a worldwide strategic marketing capability encompassing product development, segment marketing, customer knowledge and insights, customer relationship marketing, and branding and advertising. Earlier in his career, Brian was President & CEO of Heinz USA and President & CEO of Weight Watchers Food Company.
He serves as Chairman of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a research-based scientific and policy institute that studies the effects of humanity on river systems and aims to optimize the divergent forces of industry, transportation, recreation, development, and the environment.
In 2000 Mr. Ruder was appointed Vice Chairman and Audit Committee Chair of the New York State Board of Science, Technology and Academic Research by Governor Pataki and the New York State Senate. In 2004 he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Dormitory Authority of New York State, where he is also Chair of the Governance Committee. He also serves on the board of the Adirondack Council, the Scarsdale United Way, the New York Metro Chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization, and PNC Private Client Advisors. Additionally, he serves as President of the Hawkeye Conservationists in the Adirondacks. Mr. Ruder holds a BA in American History from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA in Marketing from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.