Mackay Named CEO of Kellogg
Jenness to continue as chairman; CMO Harris to retire
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The board of The Kellogg Co. said that it has elected David Mackay, 51, as CEO effective December 31. Jim Jenness, 60, will continue as chairman of Kellogg and a member of the board.
David's promotion to CEO is gr-r-reat' for our company and shareholders. His contribution to growing and sustaining the company's performance has been invaluable, said Jenness. With David at the helm, a strong management team, and the 26,000 employees around the world, our commitment to deliver sustainable performance driven by realistic goals will [image-nocss] continue to be the focus.
Mackay joined Kellogg Australia as group product manager in 1985, and since that time, he has held numerous management and leadership positions in the United States, Australia and Europe. After leaving the company for a brief period, he rejoined Kellogg Australia in 1998 and returned to the U.S. business in 2000. He was actively involved in developing the growth strategy for the company and has been a member of the executive management team for five years. Most recently, he served as president and COO.
Jenness, who has more than a 30-year relationship with the company, has led Kellogg since 2004.
Earlier this month, Alan F. Harris, Kellogg's chief marketing and customer officer and executive vice president, announced his intention to retire at the end of January 2007.
He joined Kellogg in Manchester, England, in 1984 as a product manager. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership positions at both the country, regional, international and global level. He was named to the executive leadership team in 1997.
A successor to Harris has not yet been named, Jenness said.