Kathy Hudson - H 2014

Honorary Alumna
Kathy Hudson


Kathy Hudson is an exemplary role model who blends professional accomplishment and personal service, having served on the Alverno Board of Trustees since 1994 holding various seats and responsibilities, including Vice Chair.  Of special note, Kathy helped lead the efforts to bring together the Alverno Texas Alumnae Group, holding events first at her Texas home and then in the nearby community.

Kathy inspires success through her own storied career. Capping off a 24-year tenure with the Eastman Kodak Company, Kathy became its top female executive. She was honored by Information Week magazine as the “Chief Information Officer of the Year” and by CIO magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People Shaping the Computer Industry.”

In joining Brady Corporation in 1994, Kathy became the first female president and CEO of a major public company in Wisconsin. When she retired in 2003, Brady’s revenues were doubled and its market capitalization tripled.

A stellar example of a woman making it to the top, Kathy has served on the boards of directors of several public companies, including Apple Computer Corporation, Honeywell, Case Corporation CNH Global, Ericsson, and Charming Shoppes. She is a past chair of the board of trustees of the Medical College of Wisconsin. She currently serves on the board of International Flavors and Fragrances. Married to Robert, Kathy shares her time between Texas and Mequon, Wis.