Kellogg elects two women to board


La June Montgomery Tabron. Courtesy W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Two women have been elected to join the Kellogg Company board of directors.

Stephanie Burns, retired chairman and CEO of Midland-based Dow Corning Corporation, and La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were both elected this week.

Stephanie Burns

Kellogg said Burns has significant business insight and experience in “global innovation,” as a result of her long-standing career in scientific research and management.

Burns was instrumental in spearheading Dow Corning's investments in emerging markets, including China, India, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.

She also 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 list of “100 Most Powerful Women” for several years.

La June Montgomery Tabron

Montgomery Tabron oversees the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's work on child development and focus on education, health 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 a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.

She is also a civic advocate, serving as president of the board of the Western Michigan University Foundation and as a board member of many community organizations: Southwest Michigan First, Battle Creek Community Health Partners, Bronson Methodist Hospital and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation.

"Stephanie and La June bring a wealth of experience and leadership from both the business and the philanthropic sectors," said Kellogg board Chairman Jim Jenness.

Sterling Speirn

Kellogg also said that Sterling Speirn, the former president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is stepping down from the Kellogg 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,” Jenness said.

“We wish him all the best as he continues his work on behalf of vulnerable children and families in the philanthropic and nonprofit arenas." 

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