Hood Tapped To Head Kellogg Co.’s North American Business

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Battle Creek, MI — In moves aimed at driving the company’s growth strategy in North America and Europe, Kellogg Co. names Chris Hood, current president of Kellogg Europe, President of Kellogg North America reporting to Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane. Simultaneously, Dave Lawlor, current vice-president of the company’s European cereal business, takes on the role vacated by Hood. The changes go into effect July 1.

In a statement from Kellogg, Cahillane said: “Chris is a talented executive who has successfully led our European business through challenging market conditions and expansion into new markets, revitalizing our marketing and innovation activity and improving our profitability. In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time with the Kellogg North America businesses, and I am confident that they are on firm strategic and financial footing. Chris is the right person to build on the progress the team has made.”

According to the company, North America is its largest region, with a portfolio that includes U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Frozen Foods, U.S. Specialty Channels, Kashi and Canada. Kellogg reported net sales in 2017 of approximately $13 billion, comprised principally of snacks and convenience foods.

Hood joined Kellogg in 2012 as part of the Pringles acquisition, following a 19-year stint with Procter & Gamble, where he was vice-president and general manager for the Pringles North American business.

Lawlor, according to the company, began his Kellogg career in sales in Ireland in 1991. During the past 27 years, he has held increasingly senior commercial roles, including leading the company’s businesses in the Mediterranean, Middle EastRussia, and United Kingdom/Ireland.

“These two internal promotions reflect the caliber of talent we have in our organization,” added Cahillane. C&ST