Kelly H. Grebe
Reitired Chief Legal Officer , MillerCoors
Mequon, Wisconsin
phone 414-745-1017
As a C-suite executive for MillerCoors $10B business, Kelly helped build the business, mitigate risk, and manage relationships with distributors, competitive joint venture partners, vendors, state regulatory bodies, and employees both in the home office and on the factory floor. She served as the Board Secretary for the MillerCoors joint venture and as a board member of HOP Valley Brewing Company. Her board service includes nine boards, both for profit and not for profit. As the guardian of a highly regulated business, she also had oversight responsibilities for the company’s security, real estate and for crisis management. As a member of the senior level team, she built strategies and found creative ways to protect the firm in aggressive advertising campaigns, while maintaining the brands integrity, safeguarding intellectual property, and launching new products. She is adept at governance and creative in building businesses. She is immediately qualified to serve on a for profit board for companies in the manufacturing, distribution, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.

Board Profile

Kelly Grebe has been a leader and innovator for over 23 years. She has creatively used her legal expertise to build MillerCoors business and protect its brands. She has served on nine for-profit and nonprofit boards, providing insights on industry trends, and mitigating risk across all dimensions. Being the lead legal counsel on numerous mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, she is effective at oversight and governance protocol. Kelly has deep knowledge of political and operational complications and understands the nuances and impact of local, state and federal regulations, particularly in the alcoholic beverage industry. As a member of the strategy committee for MillerCoors, Kelly helped shape the direction of the $10B company. A strategy that included M&A, new product launches, distribution initiatives and advances in technology. As secretary of the Board for MillerCoors, she provided corporate governance oversight and a revision of board processes that helped to cultivate a positive relationship between the competitive parent companies of the joint venture. As CLO she guided the company and reported to the Molson Coors board on a variety of litigation, risk, reputational and ethical issues and product distribution. She is immediately qualified to serve on a for-profit board providing governance, legal, risk management and strategy oversite.

Board Experience

HOP Valley Brewing Company | Board member (Eugene, Oregon) 2017 – 2019
MillerCoors| Board Secretary for Joint Venture 2013 – 2016
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties | Executive and Governance Committees
2020 Co-Chair for $60M campaign 2016 – Present
Children’s Wisconsin Hospital Board | Foundation Board and Quality Committee 2012 – Present
Wisconsin State Fair |Chair of Audit and Finance Committees, Vice Chair of Executive Committee 2017 – Present
Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce | Budget Committee 2015 – 2019
Milwaukee Brewers| Advisory Board 2014 – 2019

Professional Summary

Served as Chief Legal Officer of $10B company with 10,000 employees for over 7 years. The role included navigating numerous mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships, as well as stewarding the brands and guarding intellectual property, while maintaining the integrity of the firm in a highly-regulated business and setting a long-term strategic vision. She
oversaw the security of the company and managed the extensive real estate holding and facilities. She also was responsible for the crisis management functions and mitigated numerous risks to the business. Her career began at the company as legal counsel for sales, and she worked closely with distributors and state regulatory bodies. She then added marketing to her responsibilities and was able to navigate the legalities of an aggressive advertising campaign. She also was instrumental providing guidance on new innovations, while navigating operational and distribution partnerships.


Kelly has been married to Michael for almost 30 years and is the mother of 4 boys (two of whom are deceased). She has a passion for sports--Packers, Brewers and Wisconsin Badger football and basketball and also enjoys the arts.


Government/PoliticsNon-for-profit/EducationProfessional ServicesRetail/Consumer Products

Company Revenue


P&L Responsibility

Up to-$25M

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Corporate GovernanceDiversity, Equity & InclusionEnvironmental, Social, and Corporate GovernanceLegalMarketing & BrandingRisk & Compliance

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Leadership on Board

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