BATTLE CREEK, Mich., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) today announced two leadership changes to help drive future growth in its North American business. Paul Norman has been named President of Kellogg North America, reporting directly to Chairman and CEO, John Bryant. The company also announced that Craig Bahner will join Kellogg as President, U.S. Morning Foods, reporting to Norman.
"The combination of Paul's successful track record and extensive experience, including leading our U.S. Morning Foods and our international businesses, positions him as the ideal leader for the North America region," said Bryant. "His recent work to establish the new Global Category teams while leading U.S. Morning Foods for the past several months, make this the right time for Paul take the lead for North America."
Norman will be responsible for managing a portfolio of businesses within the region, including U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Frozen Foods, U.S. Specialty Channels and Canada. Norman most recently served as Kellogg's Chief Growth Officer and led the U.S. Morning Foods business on an interim basis.
Kellogg also announced that Craig Bahner will join the organization as President, U.S. Morning Foods. Craig was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Wendy's, where he was responsible for all brand building, marketing and culinary innovation efforts for the company's flagship brand. Prior to that, he enjoyed a career spanning 20 years at Procter & Gamble, where he held a variety of key leadership positions.
"With more than two decades of demonstrated experience working in general management and functional marketing leadership roles, I'm confident Craig will help return our U.S. Morning Foods business to sustainable growth," said Norman, who will work closely with Bahner to ensure a smooth leadership transition for U.S. Morning Foods.
Paul Norman's appointment is effective immediately and Craig Bahner will join Kellogg on July 7, 2015.
About Kellogg Company
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we are driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter. With 2014 sales of approximately $14.6 billion, Kellogg is the world's leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies and crackers; a leading producer of savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company. Every day, our well-loved brands nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. These brands include Kellogg's®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg's Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Kashi®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Coco Pops®, Mini-Wheats®, and many more. To learn more about our responsible business leadership, foods that delight and how we strive to make a difference in our communities around the world, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.
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