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Kellogg Foundation names COO

September 23, 2014
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Kellogg Foundation names COO
Linh Nguyen. Courtesy W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The new chief operating officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has more than 20 years of consulting experience and once served on a presidential transition team.

The Battle Creek-based foundation said this month that Linh Nguyen, the organization’s former VP of learning and impact, has been promoted to the COO role.

The foundation described Nguyen, who joined the organization in 2013, as “one of the nation's leading organizational and human capital consultants.”

As COO, Nguyen will lead the foundation’s operations and oversee the foundation’s vice presidents.

“He is a gifted servant leader with keen strategic insights, excellent judgment and a focus on building a learning culture that will help the foundation execute its work in a high-quality manner,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “I am confident that Linh will enable our efforts to serve our core customers — grantees and grant seekers — so we can assist communities in creating the conditions that benefit vulnerable children."

Nguyen said working at the Kellogg Foundation "provides so many opportunities to make a real difference to children, families and communities."

"I am deeply honored by the opportunity to work with so many very smart, knowledgeable, committed and caring people,"Nguyen said. "I am extremely optimistic about the work in front of us."

He added that he's "committed to helping build better organizations, partnering with others to bring their best work and contributing to an environment that values both how and what we do."


Nguyen has more than 23 years of consulting experience.

He previously served as a managing director of organizational and human capital consulting at Innovate and as a senior executive in management consulting for Accenture.

In 2008, he was appointed to the Obama Presidential Transition Team, serving as transition co-lead for the office of personnel management.

Linh holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Yale University.

He is also a member of the International Coach Federation, the Society for Human Resource Management and the International Coach Federation.

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