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Kellogg elects board members

February 26, 2019
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Erica Mann
Erica Mann. Courtesy Kellogg Company

Kellogg Company has elected two new board members.

The Battle Creek-based food maker added Erica Mann and Roderick Gillum to its board of directors, effective immediately, according to the company last week.

The board has 13 members, including Steve Cahillane, chair and CEO, Kellogg.

Cahillane said he is “delighted” to welcome Mann to the board.

“Her long track record of success in nutrition and health, combined with her knowledge of key global markets will be of great value to our company,” he said.

Cahillane called Gillum a “natural fit” for the seat, building on his position as a trustee of the company’s foundation since 2007.

“He’s been instrumental in helping direct W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s important work with children in communities around the world, and his perspective on how corporate-led initiatives can help shape effective and engaged workforces will be extremely beneficial,” Cahillane said.

Erica Mann

Mann brings “deep global expertise,” having previously served as president and general manager of Pfizer Nutrition and president and head of Bayer’s Consumer Health division.

A native of South Africa and an Australian citizen, Mann has served as SVP of nutrition at Wyeth.

She also has “significant experience” at other Fortune 500 companies, including Ely Lily & Company and Johnson & Johnson and has held leadership positions in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.

Roderick Gillum

A Detroit native, Gillum was previously a senior leader at General Motors Co., where he rose to become secretary to the General Motors board of directors and later VP of corporate responsibility and diversity.

Prior to that, Gillum was chief personnel, benefits and labor attorney at General Motors and was the former chair of the General Motors Foundation.

As a co-leader of the Public Policy Center, Gillum developed and coordinated global policy positions on safety, trade and government relations.

He is currently a principal in the Detroit office of Jackson Lewis Law Firm.

He previously served as board chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2012-13 and more recently as a co-trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust.

A lawyer by trade, Gillum has a national reputation for corporate diversity and public interest initiatives — both of which Kellogg said are critical to its ability to “develop people as its competitive advantage” and to “live the values of the company's founder, W.K. Kellogg.”

Kellogg

Founded in 1906, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) offers more than 1,600 foods, including cereal, snacks and frozen foods.

Its brands include Pringles, Cheez-It, Keebler, Special K, Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Eggo, Mini-Wheats, Kashi, RXBAR, MorningStar Farms and more.

Kellogg had 2018 sales of about $13.54 billion.

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