Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Steven Cahillane
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Steven Cahillane joined Kellogg Company in October 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. He became Chairman of the Board on March 16, 2018. He is also a member of the company's Board of Directors.

Prior to Kellogg, in 2014, Mr. Cahillane assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at The Nature's Bounty Co., the largest global pure-play manufacturer, marketer and specialty retailer of health and wellness products. In this role, he successfully aligned the company with key health and wellness trends, established a thriving eCommerce division and created significant shareholder value.

Prior to Nature's Bounty, Mr. Cahillane spent seven years with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as President of Coca-Cola Americas, the global beverage maker's largest business with $25 billion in sales. Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Cahillane spent eight years with AB lnBev, the world's largest brewing company, in various senior leadership roles including Chief Commercial Officer, in which he led commercial strategy, global marketing, sponsorships, innovation and research following the 2004 merger of lnterbrew and AmBev.

Mr. Cahillane sits on the Boards of Northwestern University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Purpose Built Communities and The Consumer Goods Forum.

Mr. Cahillane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

Amit Banati
PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC, KELLOGG COMPANY

Amit Banati has been President, Asia Pacific, Kellogg Company, since March 2012.

Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Banati served in a variety of board and leadership roles at Kraft Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Procter & Gamble. He has worked extensively across the Asia Pacific region, particularly in Australia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Singapore.

At Kraft Foods, he was President, North Asia and Asia Pacific strategy, leading the company’s operations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to that, Mr. Banati served as President, Pacific, for Cadbury Schweppes, leading its Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore operations. He was also a member of the company's Chief Executive Committee.

He is a member of the governing council of Food Industry Asia (FIA) and served as President of FIA from 2014 to 2016. He is also a member of YPO Singapore. He serves on the boards of the Kellogg-Wilmar Joint Venture in China and the Kellogg-Tolaram Joint Venture in Nigeria.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Calcutta University and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow.

Jim Cali
Senior Vice President Global Snacks Category, Kellogg Company

Jim Cali has been Senior Vice President, Global Snacks Category, Kellogg Company, since March 2015.

Mr. Cali has more than 28 years’ experience in sales, marketing, innovation and general management across the snacking and healthcare industries.

Most recently, Mr. Cali worked as a consultant, advising companies on growth, innovation and organizational capability strategies. He previously was with Mondelez International, where he led the global innovation practice and snacking strategy development.

Mr. Cali earlier served as Senior Vice President and Global Director for the company’s $6 billion gum and candy business.

Prior to Mondelez, Mr. Cali was with Cadbury Schweppes, where he sat on the chief Executive Committee with responsibility for its global gum and candy categories. Earlier he was Executive Vice President and Commercial Director for Cadbury Americas Confectionary.

Mr. Cali began his career with Warner-Lambert Co., a pharmaceuticals and consumer products firm subsequently acquired by Pfizer, for which he held various marketing, sales and general management roles in the U.S., U.K. and Japan.

Mr. Cali received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Columbia Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Kris Charles
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Kellogg Company

Kris Charles leads the global Communications, Philanthropy, Sustainability and Government Relations functions for Kellogg Company, the world's leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company.

She serves as the company’s lead corporate spokesperson and oversees the company’s annual global Corporate Responsibility report.

She began her Kellogg career in 2006 and has more than 25 years experience within the food industry. Prior to joining Kellogg, Ms. Charles held a variety of communications roles with Kraft Foods. Previously, she led public relations programs for food industry clients at both Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Powers & Associates Advertising and Public Relations.

Ms. Charles serves as President of the Board of Trustees for the Kellogg Company Fund, President of the Kellogg Company 25-Year Employees’ Fund, Inc. and is a Board member for Family & Children Services.

She is also the global Executive Sponsor of the company’s Women of Kellogg employee resource group.

Ms. Charles graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Tony Chow
President, Kashi Company

Tony Chow was named President, Kashi Company, in October 2017.

Mr.Chow began his Kellogg career in Canada in 2003, serving in several roles across the Canadian Sales organization including Associate Director, Walmart, and Director, Customer Marketing & Business Management. In 2010, Tony was promoted to lead the Kroger Business in the U.S. After a very successful period as Vice President, Kroger, Mr.Chow returned to Canada in 2012 as its Vice President of Sales where he led many successful commercial initiatives.

Most recently, Mr.Chow was Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Kellogg Canada while serving on many global Kellogg platform teams for Revenue Growth Management, e-commerce and other key capabilities.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Mr. Chow held a variety of roles at the Campbell Company in Canada.

Mr.Chow received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada.

Wendy Davidson
President U.S. Specialty Channels, Kellogg North America

Wendy Davidson joined Kellogg Company as President, U.S. Specialty Channels in October 2013, a $1.5B division of the company. She is a member of the Kellogg Global Leadership Team, the North American Leadership Team, the Global Snacks and Global Breakfast Operating Councils, the K Pride & Allies (KPA) and Women of Kellogg (WOK) networks and executive sponsor for the Young Professionals (YP) resource group.

Previously, Ms. Davidson held executive leadership roles with McCormick & Company as Vice President, Consumer Food Manufacturing, U.S. and Latin America and Vice President, Custom Flavor Solutions, Industrial Foods Americas. She served on the company’s D&I Executive Steering Team and Global Industrial Strategic Council and founded the first Women’s International Network (WIN) within the company.

Prior to McCormick, Ms. Davidson spent 16 years as a part of the executive team at Tyson Foods Inc., working in progressively increasing roles in general management, operations, sales and marketing. Among them, she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Prepared Foods; Group Vice President, Food Service Group; and Senior Vice President and General Manager, McDonald’s Business Unit. She was named Tyson Food Service Marketer of the Year in 1998 and served on the company's Compensation, Finance and Animal Welfare Committees, Strategic Leadership Team, Executive Diversity Business Council and Mentoring Program.

Ms. Davidson holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she is a member of the Board of Regents. She serves as Vice Chair on the Board Executive Committee and Chair of the Institutional Planning & Board Affairs Committee. She is a member of The Network of Executive Women, the International Women’s Forum and The Chicago Network. She serves on the World Business Chicago board, focused on economic development in the region.

Previously, Ms. Davidson served as the Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Board of Directors, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Treasurer for the Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance Board of Directors and the New School Board of Directors in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Wendy was awarded the National Diversity Council’s Top 15 Business Women in Illinois in 2017 and received the Luminary Award in 2016 from Girl Scouts of Chicago & NW Indiana. She was named to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” in 2004 and “Diamond Decade” in 2006.

Deanie Elsner
President, U.S. Snacks, Kellogg Company

Deanie Elsner has been President, U.S. Snacks, Kellogg Company, since August 2015. She is also a member of the company’s Kellogg North America Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Ms. Elsner served as Kraft Foods Chief Marketing Officer. During her 20-year tenure with Kraft, Ms. Elsner served in a variety of leadership roles including, President, Beverages, and President, Kraft Foods European Coffee business. She also held a variety of marketing management positions in Grocery and Kraft’s former pizza business, and served as the European Marketing Services lead.

Prior to joining Kraft, Ms. Elsner worked in Sales for Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

Ms. Elsner has served on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Ms. Elsner received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago.

Noel Geoffroy
President, U.S. Frozen Foods Kellogg Company

Noel Geoffroy has been President, U.S. Frozen Foods, Kellogg Company, since June 2017.

Ms.Geoffroy joined Kellogg in 2012 as Vice President Marketing, Morning Foods Adult Brands & Masterbrand. The following year, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for U.S. Morning Foods, where she oversaw brand strategies, innovation pipelines and commercial plans for such iconic brands as Special K, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran and Pop Tarts.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Ms. Geoffroy was Vice President, U.S. Dry Grocery Brands and Integrated Marketing Capabilities, at the H.J. Heinz Co, where she managed the company's flagship brand. Previously, Ms. Geoffroy spent 13 years at Procter & Gamble in various brand and marketing roles.

Ms. Geoffroy received a Bachelor's degree in language and international business from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She was also a Fulbright Scholar.

Alistair Hirst
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Kellogg Company

Alistair Hirst has been Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Kellogg Company, since 2012.

Mr. Hirst joined Kellogg Company in 1984 as a Food Technologist at the Springs, South Africa, plant. While at the facility, he was promoted to Quality Assurance Manager and Production Manager.

In 1993, he accepted an assignment at the company’s Botany, Australia, plant as Production Manager. In 1994, he returned to South Africa when he was promoted to Plant Manager, and in 1997, he was named Director, Supply Chain at the facility. Mr. Hirst relocated to the Manchester, England, facility in 2001 when promoted to Director, Procurement, and in 2004, he was named European Logistics Director. In January 2005, he relocated to the U.S. when promoted to Vice President, Global Procurement. Mr. Hirst was promoted to Senior Vice President, Snacks Supply Chain, in January 2008 and to Senior Vice President, North America Supply Chain, in October 2011.

Mr. Hirst received a Bachelor's degree from Leeds University, England.

Chris Hood
President, Kellogg Europe

Chris Hood has been President, Kellogg Europe, since October 2013. He is also a member of the company's Global Leadership Team.

Chris joined The Procter and Gamble Company in 1993, and had a distinguished 19 year career in Marketing and General Management, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He joined Kellogg Company in 2012 as the Vice President of European Snacks.

Chris has held a number of board roles across the food and beverage industry. He is currently serving on the board of Food Drink Europe and the European Brands Association. He also serves on the boards of the Kellogg-Ulker joint venture in Turkey, and the Bisco Misr Company in Egypt, a Kellogg subsidiary. He is a former board member of the U.S. Snack Food Association and the European Snacks Association.

Mr. Hood received a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Melissa Howell
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, Kellogg Company

Melissa Howell has been Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kellogg Company, since June 2016.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Ms. Howell was Chief Human Resource Officer for Rockford, Michigan-based Wolverine since 2014. Prior to Wolverine, Ms. Howell spent 24 years with General Motors where she led a team of 2,800 Human Resource professionals worldwide, supporting a global business at one of the top automotive companies in the world, and also among the largest public corporations.

Ms. Howell joined General Motors as a Labor Relations Representative at its Ypsilanti, Michigan, assembly plant in 1990. Over the following years, Ms. Howell served in a series of key human resource leadership roles in Europe, Asia and U.S. leading teams on six continents across an array of functional areas. She was promoted to Executive Director of North American Human Resources in 2011 and subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources.

Ms. Howell received a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in Employee Relations from Michigan State University.

Dr. Nigel Hughes
Senior Vice President, Global Research, Quality, Nutrition and Technology Kellogg Company

Dr. Nigel Hughes has been Senior Vice President, Global Research, Quality, Nutrition and Technology, since April 2017.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Dr. Hughes was Chief Research and Development Officer for Racine, Wisc.-based SC Johnson & Son since 2014. Prior to SC Johnson & Son, Dr. Hughes spent 10 years with Danone. He served as Vice President and head of Research and Development for the company’s global dairy business, including all aspects of product development, clinical studies, product safety, regulatory affairs and basic science.

He was promoted to CEO of Danone’s Nutricia business, which specializes in baby food and clinical nutrition, in 2009.

Dr. Hughes joined Unilever as a research scientist at its facility near Liverpool, U.K., in 1989. During the following 14 years, Dr. Hughes served in a series of key research, development and technology roles in the U.K., U.S., France and Italy, where he was head of technology for the company’s oral care business.

Dr. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Durham, United Kingdom and a DPhil in chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Fareed Khan
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Kellogg Company

Fareed Khan has been Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Principal Financial Officer, Kellogg Company since February 21, 2017.

Before joining Kellogg, Mr. Khan was CFO at US Foods Holding Corp. where he oversaw a number of growth and transformational strategies, including leading the company's Initial Public Offering in 2016.

Prior to US Foods, Mr. Khan served as Senior Vice President and CFO at United Stationers and spent 12 years at USG in a variety of finance, business and leadership roles, including Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, President and CEO of USG Building Systems and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Khan's experience also includes service at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.

Wolfgang Koenig
President, U.S. Morning Foods, Kellogg Company

Wolfgang Koenig has been President of the US Morning Foods Business since November 2017.

He joined the Kellogg Company in October 2012 as General Manager of the Germanics region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland). In 2014 he was promoted to General Manager Northern Europe where he was responsible for managing the commercial business in 22 countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland) and Central Eastern Europe.

In 2016 he was promoted to Vice President European Cereal based on Dublin, Ireland. In this role he overlooked the complete European Cereal Commercial & Manufacturing Network for Kellogg.

Wolfgang joined Kellogg from the Colgate-Palmolive Company where he last held the position of General Manager Marketing & Innovation across Oral Care, Personal Care, and Home Care for Latin America based in Mexico City.

Prior to this role he ran the Colgate-Palmolive Global Body Cleansing business based in the Company Headquarter New York, previously he also held the role of Marketing Director for the German business.

Before his time in Colgate-Palmolive, he spent 10 years working across Europe and the US in various positions across Marketing and Sales for Beiersdorf AG.

Wolfgang studied Business and Economics at the University of Kassel in Germany with a focus on Marketing and Finance and graduated as Diplom Ökonom More recently, he completed the Executive Leadership Program with the Harvard Business School in 2015.

Maria Fernanda Mejia
Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company, President, Kellogg Latin America

Maria Fernanda Mejia is Senior Vice President and President, Kellogg Latin America, a position she has held since November 2011.

Ms. Mejia previously held a variety of global marketing and management roles at the Colgate-Palmolive Company, including Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Global Personal Care and Corporate Fragrance Development, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Europe/South Pacific, and President and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive Spain. She joined Colgate in 1989.

Ms. Mejia has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the International Women’s Forum, Cosmetic Executive Women’s Organization, Venezuela American Chamber of Commerce, the Spain chapters of the American-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, American Business Council and Circulo de Empresarios, The Business Leadership Forum of the Instituto de Empresa, and Junior Achievement.

Ms. Mejia is currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of International Consolidated Airlines Group (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Air Lingus).

Ms. Mejia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Gary H. Pilnick
Vice Chairman, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Kellogg Company

Gary Pilnick has been Vice Chairman, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Kellogg Company since 2016.

Mr. Pilnick assumed the role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2003 and assumed the responsibility of Corporate Development in 2004. He joined Kellogg Company in 2000 as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Prior to joining Kellogg, Mr. Pilnick was affiliated with the Chicago law firm of Jenner and Block from 1989 to 1995, which included corporate legal assignments in Chicago and Tokyo, Japan. He served as Vice President and Chief Corporate Counsel for Specialty Foods Corporation from 1995 to 1997, when he joined Sara Lee Corporation as Chief Counsel, Corporate Development and Finance. He was named Vice President and Chief Counsel, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, North and South America in February 1999.

Mr. Pilnick received a Bachelor's degree with Honors from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctorate with Honors from Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina.

Brian S. Rice
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Kellogg Company

Brian Rice has been Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer & Global Business Services, Kellogg Company, since 2009.

Mr. Rice previously held leadership positions with Kellogg Company in information technology and enterprise business practices, both in the U.S. and Asia Pacific from 1993 to 2000.

Prior to rejoining Kellogg, Mr. Rice was employed by General Motors Corporation from 2005 to 2009, where he served as Global Services Information Officer and was responsible for all aspects of global computing for the company. From 2000 to 2005, he was employed by Mars Inc. and served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for their Asia Pacific business based in Singapore.

Mr. Rice received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Services from Ferris State University.

Clive Sirkin
Chief Growth Officer, Kellogg Company

Clive Sirkin has been Chief Growth Officer, Kellogg Company, since December 2015.

Prior to joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Sirkin served as Kimberly-Clark's CMO since 2012. He has been credited with transforming the company's marketing capabilities, and growing revenue and profit across its consumer and business-to-business divisions. In 2014, Mr. Sirkin was named CMO of the Year by industry media group Consumer Goods Technology.

Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Sirkin served as Principal, Plunger Group, a consulting firm focused on working with CMOs to transform brand building from an analog advertising and communication model to a digitally driven commercial model focused on driving growth.

Prior to founding Plunger Group, Mr. Sirkin served as Group Managing Director Leo Burnett Worldwide. During his 15-year tenure with Leo Burnett, Mr. Sirkin also served as Executive Vice President – Global Director Kellogg, and Vice President, Leo Burnett Canada.

Mr. Sirkin received a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, with a focus on Economics and Marketing, from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Carol Stewart
President & CEO, Kellogg Canada Inc.

Carol Stewart has been President, Kellogg Canada Inc., since 2009. She is also a member of the Kellogg North America Leadership Team.

Ms. Stewart has held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles within Kellogg Canada. She began her career as a Brand Manager for Eggo and Pop-Tarts in May 1989. During the next 11 years, she held a number of roles within the Canadian marketing organization including Senior Category Manager in 1993; Marketing Director, Kid’s Cereals in 1995; and Marketing Director, Cereal in 1996. In 1998, she was promoted to the role of Vice President, Marketing, where she assumed responsibility for the company’s Convenience Foods business.

Ms. Stewart joined the Canadian Sales team as Vice President in 2001. Four years later, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, Kellogg Canada. Her leadership in this role was key to strengthening the team’s analytic, strategic planning and execution capabilities.

In 2007, Ms. Stewart resigned from Kellogg Canada to spend more time with her family. Rejoining the company in her current role as president, Kellogg Canada, she brings over 25 years of experience with Kellogg.

Ms. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario.

Doug VanDeVelde
Senior Vice President, Global Breakfast Category, Kellogg Company

Doug VanDeVelde has been Kellogg Company’s Senior Vice President, Global Breakfast Category since November 2013.

Mr. VanDeVelde joined the company in 1997 as Director, Global Ready-To-Eat Cereal Development and was promoted to Vice President, Global Cereal Innovation in 1998. He was appointed Vice President, Global Cereal and Convenience Foods Innovation in March 1999 and appointed Vice President and General Manager, Wholesome Snacks, Kellogg North America in June of that year.

Mr. VanDeVelde was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Convenience Foods, Kellogg USA in 2000 and Vice President, Snacks Marketing in 2001.

In 2003, Mr. VanDeVelde was appointed Vice President, New Ventures. He was appointed Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, U.S. Wholesome Portable Breakfast Snacks in 2006; and Vice President, Innovation, U.S. Snacks in 2007. In March 2009, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, U.S. Snacks, and named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, U.S. Morning Foods in December 2009.

He received a Bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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