Kellogg Company has announced several key appointments to its team including Gary Pilnick as Chief Executive Officer, Dave McKinstray as Chief Financial Officer, Sherry Brice-Williamson as Chief Supply Chain Officer, Doug VanDeVelde as Chief Growth Officer, Bruce Brown as Chief Customer Officer and Shannon Bible as Chief Transformation Officer.
The leadership appointments are subject to completion of the planned separation of North America Cereal Co, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Additional North America Cereal Co leadership and Board appointments will be made as the separation process progresses.
Announced in June, Kellogg’s plans to separate three of its businesses – Global Snacking Co, North America Cereal Co and Plant Co – to allow for each business to “unlock its full standalone potential”. North America Cereal Co has a portfolio of well-known brands including Kellogg’s, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Mini-Wheats, Special K, Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Kashi and Bear Naked.
North America Cereal Co, which has about US$2.4 billion in sales is planned by the company to be a leading cereal company in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. Plant Co, with about US$340 million in net sales and a company in the plant-based food sector, aims to capitalise on long-term category prospects by investing in the US and expanding internationally.
“I am thrilled to announce the first key appointments to the future leadership team of North America Cereal Co. Gary is a 22 year old Kellogg veteran whose inspiring leadership style, deep knowledge of the business, and central role in defining the Company’s successful strategy make him the natural choice to lead North America Cereal Co,” commented Steve Cahillane, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Kellogg’s. “Gary and his team of seasoned leaders bring significant depth and breadth of experience and extensive knowledge to North America Cereal Co., all of which will enable the business to continue building momentum and capitalize on its compelling long-term opportunities for investment and profit growth.”
“I am honoured and humbled to have been named Chief Executive Officer of North America Cereal Co. and to have the opportunity to carry forward this portfolio of beloved brands with their rich tradition and heritage of innovation,” said Gary Pilnick, Chief Executive Officer Designate of North America Cereal Co.
“With these appointments, we have the foundation in place to ensure the business thrives as we build a new legacy inspired by what W.K. Kellogg created. We are all eager and ready to unlock the potential of what we see as a 116-year-old startup with some of the most powerful consumer brands,” he added.
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