Battle Creek / MG. (kc) Kellogg Company announced the election of Stephanie Burns, Ph.D., retired chairman and CEO of Dow Corning Corporation, and La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to the Kellogg Company Board of Directors. «Stephanie and La June bring a wealth of experience and leadership from both the business and the philanthropic sectors», said Chairman Jim Jenness. «We are proud to welcome these forward-thinking innovators to our board».
Burns has significant business insight and experience in global innovation as a result of her long-standing career in scientific research and management. She was instrumental in spearheading Dow Corning´s investments in emerging markets, including China, India, Russia, Türkiye, and Vietnam. Dr. Burns served as Dow Corning´s first director of women´s health and is the former chairman of the American Chemical Council. She served on President Obama´s President´s Export Council, and has been on the Forbes magazine 100 Most Powerful Women list for several years.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the W.K Kellogg Foundation, Montgomery Tabron oversees the Foundation´s work ensuring optimal child development by focusing on educated and healthy kids, and secure families, as well as its commitments to community and civic engagements, and racial equality. During her 26-year career with the Foundation, Montgomery Tabron has been involved in all aspects of its operations, most recently as Executive Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer. She is also a leading civic advocate, serving as president of the board of the Western Michigan University Foundation, and as a board member of many community organizations, including Southwest Michigan First, Battle Creek Community Health Partners, Bronson Methodist Hospital and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.
Also at the meeting, it was announced Sterling Speirn, the former president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is stepping down from the Kellogg Company Board of Directors. «Kellogg Company has benefited greatly from Sterling´s global insight and experience throughout his six years as a member of our Board. We wish him all the best as he continues his work on behalf of vulnerable children and families in the philanthropic and nonprofit arenas», said Jenness.