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Food maker ranks as a top company for female executives

March 3, 2014
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Food maker ranks as a top company for female executives
Stephanie Burns, the former chairman and CEO of Dow Corning, was recently elected to the Kellogg Company board. Photo via wikimedia.org

A food maker in the region is one of the nation’s top employers for female executives.

Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company said last week that it was named to the annual ranking of the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association of Female Executives.

General Motors also made the association’s ranking.

The association recognizes American companies that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women.

To determine its annual ranking, the association assesses corporate programs and policies dedicated to advancing women — as well as the number of women in each company overall, in senior management and on its board of directors.

Kellogg, for instance, elected two additional women to its board of directors this month.

"We encourage and promote the advancement of women at Kellogg by creating an inclusive environment, one that optimizes everyone's unique abilities, insights and talents," said Kris Charles, Kellogg vice president of Global Philanthropy and executive sponsor of Women of Kellogg, an employee resource group committed to empowering and developing women in the company.

The association's application this year included more than 200 questions on female representation at all levels, but especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss leadership ranks.

"We are actively identifying and preparing future leaders of this company," said Mark King, Kellogg global head of Diversity and Inclusion. "Groups like Women of Kellogg and our external partners help provide insights into the career development challenges women face, so that we can help them meet their personal and professional goals."

Kellogg was also recognized last fall by Inforum, a women’s leadership nonprofit, in its report “Women’s Leadership in Michigan Top Public Companies.”

Kellogg is recognized in the report as one of 13 companies with 25 percent of its board seats held by women.

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