John A. Bryant to Succeed David Mackay as Kellogg President and CEO
Posted: 6 December 2010 | Kellogg Company | No comments yet
Kellogg Company announced that David Mackay advised the Kellogg Board of Directors that he plans to retire as President, CEO and Director of the Company…
Kellogg Company announced that David Mackay advised the Kellogg Board of Directors that he plans to retire as President, CEO and Director of the Company...
Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) announced today that David Mackay advised the Kellogg Board of Directors that he plans to retire as president, chief executive officer and director of the Company. The effective date of his retirement will be January 1, 2011. According to its succession plan, the Board of Directors elected John A. Bryant, chief operating officer and current member of the Board, as the new president and chief executive officer effective January 2, 2011. David will work closely with John and the team to ensure a smooth transition through March 31, 2011.
“David has provided invaluable leadership to our Company. His focus on driving sustainable growth and his passion for our Company and people around the globe have been instrumental in our success,” said Jim Jenness, chairman of the Kellogg Board of Directors.
Mackay added, “I have had the distinct privilege of working for this great Company over the past 20 years and serving as its CEO for the past four years. This past summer, I became eligible to retire and made a commitment to spend more time with my family. I am pleased to pass the baton to John, whose management capabilities and wealth of experience have prepared him well to drive our business agenda for 2011 and beyond.”
“John has played a central role in our strategic and operational plans over the past decade. His leadership style embodies the Kellogg spirit and values,” Jenness commented. “The Board and I are confident that his depth of knowledge and understanding of our business, our customers, and our organization make him the right choice to lead our Company.”
John Bryant joined Kellogg in 1998 and has held numerous leadership roles. During his tenure with the Company, he has led the Kellogg North America and Kellogg International business units, served as chief financial officer from 2002 to 2004 as well as from 2006 to 2009, and assumed his current role of chief operating officer in 2008. Most recently, in July 2010, he was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors.
“I’m excited to lead this great Company with its 31,000 talented employees and more than 100-year legacy of beloved brands,” Bryant noted. “The confidence bestowed upon me is immense, and I am honored and humbled to have been elected to serve in this capacity. We have a strong leadership team in place, and we are committed to delivering long-term, sustainable results.”
Kellogg Reaffirms 2010 and 2011 Guidance
Kellogg Company also reaffirms its 2010 and 2011 guidance. For fiscal year 2010, the Company continues to expect internal net sales to be down approximately 1%, internal operating profit to be approximately flat, and full-year currency-neutral earnings per share growth of 4 to 5%. For 2011, the Company still expects low single-digit internal net sales growth, flat to down 2% internal operating profit, and low single-digit earnings per share growth on a currency-neutral basis.