Speirn to Kellogg board
February 20, 2007
by Eric Schroeder
BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — The Kellogg Co. has named Sterling Speirn, president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to its board of directors. Mr. Speirn took the helm of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in January 2006 and was formerly president and c.e.o. of Peninsula Community Foundation.
"Sterling will be a valuable addition to our board," said Jim Jenness, chairman of the board, Kellogg. "His varied professional experience, leadership in the philanthropic field and personal commitment to carry on the legacy established by our founder, W.K. Kellogg, will benefit Kellogg Co. greatly."
Mr. Speirn spent 15 years at the Peninsula Community Foundation where he launched the Center for Venture Philanthropy. He is past chairman of the board of directors of Northern California Grantmakers and was on the advisory council of the Global Philanthropy Forum. In addition, he is co-creator and former board member of the Raising A Reader take-home book bag program, which earned a Fast Company Social Entrepreneurship Award for 2006.
Previously, Mr. Speirn taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Harvard Business School, the University of Santa Clara, the University of San Francisco and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Before joining Peninsula Community Foundation in 1990, he managed the national computer grants program for nonprofit organizations at Apple Computer. He also has worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington; practiced law in North Carolina; taught English and Literature to 7th and 8th graders in Cleveland, Ohio and managed a large community health center in Arcata, Calif.
He received a degree in political science from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.