A leading company in global snacking, international cereal and noodles, plant-based foods, and North America frozen breakfast, with iconic, world-class brands and strong underlying growth momentum and profitability.
With 2021 net sales of $11.7 billion*, Kellanova represents 82% of Kellogg Company’s portfolio. As an independent company, Kellanova will be able to focus investments and capital to build on its strong growth momentum and profitability.
This business will be a higher-growth company than today’s Kellogg Company, featuring a more growth-oriented portfolio and aided by more focused resources and attention to brand building, innovation, and international expansion of world-class brands, and to building scale in emerging markets.
Kellogg Company’s three international regions will remain almost entirely intact, becoming part of Kellanova.
Steve Cahillane will remain Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Kellanova.
est. annual net sales
*All net sales figures are based on the Company’s 2021 unaudited results derived from internal management reporting, further adjusted for splits by brands and markets; these figures will be refined prior to the spin-off of WK Kellogg Co. Estimated net sales for Kellanova include the plant-based foods business given the Company’s decision to retain the business under the ownership of Kellanova.
Chairman Of The Board And Chief Executive Officer
Steven Cahillane joined Kellogg Company in October 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. He became Chairman of the Board in March 2018.
Prior to Kellogg, in 2014, Mr. Cahillane assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at The Nature’s Bounty Co., the largest global pure-play manufacturer, marketer and specialty retailer of health and wellness products.
Prior to Nature’s Bounty, Mr. Cahillane spent seven years with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as President of Coca-Cola Americas, the global beverage maker’s largest business with $25 billion in sales. Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Cahillane spent eight years with AB lnBev, the world’s largest brewing company, in various senior leadership roles including Chief Commercial Officer, in which he led commercial strategy, global marketing, sponsorships, innovation and research following the 2004 merger of lnterbrew and AmBev.
Mr. Cahillane serves on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, The Consumer Goods Forum Board of Directors, the Smithsonian National Board and as co-trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust.
Mr. Cahillane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company, President, Kellogg Latin America
Nicolas Amaya serves as Senior Vice President and President, Kellogg Latin America and is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Mr. Amaya joined Kellogg Company in 2001 as a Marketing Intern for Eggo in the United States. Since then, he has held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. and Latin America across the cereal, frozen and snacks businesses. Among his many contributions, Mr. Amaya led the complex and challenging regional integration of Pringles in 2012.
In April 2013, he was appointed General Manager, Snacks and Growth Platforms for Latin America, and in 2015, he stepped up to the role of Vice President and General Manager, Category Marketing and Innovation, Latin America. He was promoted to Vice President and General Manager for Mexico in 2016.
Prior to Kellogg, Mr. Amaya held various marketing roles at Unilever Andina in the personal care division.
Mr. Amaya is from Bogotá, Colombia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, and an MBA from Thunderbird, Garvin School of International Management.
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
Amit Banati has been Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Principal Financial Officer, Kellogg Company, since July 2019. He is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Mr. Banati joined Kellogg in March 2012 as President, Asia Pacific, and his responsibilities were expanded to President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa in July 2018.
Before joining Kellogg Company, Mr. Banati served in a variety of finance, general management and board roles at Kraft Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Procter & Gamble. He has worked extensively across the Asia Pacific and Africa region.
At Kraft Foods he was President, North Asia and Asia Pacific Strategy.
Senior Vice President, Chief Global Corporate Affairs Officer
Kris Bahner leads global Corporate Affairs – including Communications, Philanthropy, Sustainability and Government Relations – for Kellogg Company. She is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee leadership team.
Kellogg is committed to creating Better Days for three billion people by the end of 2030 through Kellogg’s Better Days global ESG strategy addressing the interconnected issues of wellbeing, food security and climate change.
Ms. Bahner has more than 30 years of Corporate Affairs experience within the food industry. She began her Kellogg career in 2006. Prior to joining Kellogg, she held a variety of corporate affairs roles with Kraft Foods, and led public relations programs for food industry clients at both Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Powers Agency.
Ms. Bahner served as the Executive Sponsor of the company’s Women of Kellogg business employee resource group for more than nine years, and remains an active advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion.
She is the President of the Kellogg Company Fund Board of Trustees and President of the Kellogg Company 25-Year Employees’ Fund, Inc.
Ms. Bahner serves on the boards of MiracleFeet, Family & Children Services, Sleeping Giant Capital, Battle Creek Unlimited, and the Miami University College of Arts and Science.
She was named as one of top 100 Women Leaders in Consumer Products in 2021.
She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and public relations from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
President, Kellogg North America
Chris Hood has been President, Kellogg North America, since July 2018. He is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee. Mr. Hood most recently served as President, Kellogg Europe. He joined Kellogg Company in 2012 as the Vice President of European Snacks.
Prior to Kellogg, he joined Procter & Gamble in 1993, and had a distinguished 19-year career in Marketing and General Management, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Hood serves on the CBA Board of Directors and FMI Foundation Board of Trustees.
Mr. Hood has held a number of board roles across the food and beverage industry. As President of Kellogg Europe he served on the board of Food Drink Europe and the European Brands Association as well as Kellogg-Ulker joint venture in Turkey, and the Bisco Misr Company in Egypt, a Kellogg subsidiary.He is also former board member of the U.S. Snack Food Association and the European Snacks Association.
Mr. Hood received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Melissa Howell has been Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Kellogg Company, since June 2016. She is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Ms. Howell was Chief Human Resources Officer for Rockford, Michigan-based Wolverine since 2014. Prior to Wolverine, Ms. Howell spent 24 years with General Motors where she led a team of 2,800 Human Resources professionals worldwide, supporting a global business at one of the top automotive companies in the world, and also among the largest public corporations.
Ms. Howell joined General Motors as a Labor Relations Representative at its Ypsilanti, Michigan, assembly plant in 1990. Over the following years, Ms. Howell served in a series of key human resources leadership roles in Europe, Asia and U.S. leading teams on six continents across an array of functional areas. She was promoted to Executive Director of North American Human Resources in 2011 and subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources.
Ms. Howell received a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in Employee Relations from Michigan State University.
Ms. Howell serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Alliance of Michigan and is a member of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Advisory Board at Michigan State University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Brand And Advanced Analytics Officer
Charisse Hughes leads the Brand, Marketing and Advanced Analytics Team. Her vision is to create a future-ready Kellogg with a winning portfolio of leading, iconic global brands & characters that inspire consumers to sit at our table. She is committed to creating personalized engagement and inclusive experiences enabled by deep data-driven understanding and Advanced Analytics/MachineLearning. She is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee leadership team and was previously Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Ms. Hughes was the Chief Marketing Officer for Pandora Americas since 2015. Under her leadership, she co-led the jewelry company’s entry into Latin America and launched the brand’s e-commerce business in the United States.
Prior to Pandora, she spent nearly a decade with The Estée Lauder Companies in various marketing leadership roles, ultimately as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing where she led the Estée Lauder brand, the largest brand in the ELC portfolio. Her experience also includes marketing and brand leadership roles with Avon Products, Inc. and Sara Lee Corporation.
Ms. Hughes serves on the Board of Directors for Crocs, Inc. She is also a Board Advisor for Pixability, the #1 YouTube optimization and brand suitability platform, and she sits on the Board of Delivering Good, a non-profit which donates new merchandise to help people in need.
She received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Howard University.
President, Asia Pacific, Middle East And Africa
Shumit Kapoor joined Kellogg as President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa in July 2020. He is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Prior to Kellogg, Mr. Kapoor served in various leadership roles at Mars Inc. for nine years. Most recently, he was Regional President, Pet Nutrition, Asia Pacific with additional oversight of the confectionary and food business in Japan and New Zealand. Prior to this role, he was Regional President, Asia Pacific, for Mars’ Royal Canin business.
He started his career at Mars as General Manager, South East Asia and India Mars Multisales, with oversight of the Pet Nutrition and Chocolate segments.
Prior to Mars, Mr. Kapoor was with Nokia and he started his career at Procter & Gamble.
He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Rodrigo Lance is the Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain. He is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee leadership team.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Lance was Senior Vice President, KNA Supply Chain. He previously served as Vice President, Supply Chain Europe and Vice President, Supply Chain Latin America. As a leader in the KEU and KLA role, he was instrumental in optimizing both Supply Chain organizations by ensuring a relentless focus on its mission to “buy, make and deliver,” and enabling the regions' business growth strategies.
Prior to his Supply Chain roles, Mr. Lance served as Vice President, Snacks Engineering beginning in 2011. Mr. Lance began his Kellogg Career in 1997 and served in various roles including Production Supervisor at the Queretaro, Mexico, plant. He also served as the Plant Manager in Guatemala; Linares, Mexico; and Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Mr. Lance holds a Master of Business Administration and Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey. He also attended Michigan State University’s Kellogg Operations Management Program.
President, Kellogg Europe
David Lawlor has been President, Kellogg Europe, since July 2018. He is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Lawlor served as Vice President, European Cereal.
Mr. Lawlor began his career at Kellogg in 1991, joining as a Sales Manager in its Dublin office. Following this, he held a number of senior roles, including running the company’s Middle Eastern business, setting up its Dubai office and helping to launch its joint venture in Turkey with domestic food company Ulker.
Mr. Lawlor then served as General Manager of Kellogg Russia for almost eight years and led the integration of United Bakers Group, a local biscuit and cracker manufacturer.
In August 2016, he was appointed Managing Director, UK/ROI where he refocused the company’s efforts to stabilize and grow its core cereal business.
Under Mr. Lawlor’s leadership, Kellogg has continued to play a critical role in tackling hunger by funding school breakfast clubs and food banks across its European region.
He holds a degree in politics and history from University College Dublin. In addition, he has attended bespoke academic programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management and Harvard Business School.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Lesley Salmon was appointed to Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Kellogg Company, in February 2019. She is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee.
Ms. Salmon joined Kellogg in 2014. She recently served as the European CIO, with geographic coverage of all European countries, plus Russia, Egypt and UAE. She had regional accountability for Information Technology, Global Business Services and the European Enterprise PMO. She played a key role in operational, tactical and strategic execution across all areas of the business, driving growth initiatives and delivering multi-million-dollar savings.
Prior to Kellogg, Ms. Salmon had more than two decades of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.
She began her career with United Biscuits, spending 13 years working on major IT projects, moving through the ranks from Junior Business Analyst to IT Controller. Following that, Ms. Salmon moved to Premier Foods where she led the end-to-end SAP program and supported the integration of a major acquisition.
Ms. Salmon then moved across industries for five years, leading a major transformation of the IT function within Galaxy Optical, the largest Optical Manufacturer in the U.K.
Ms. Salmon resides in Wigan, a small town in the North West of England.
International Cereal and Noodles
List of brands is meant to be indicative and not exhaustive.