BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — Paul T. Norman, president, Kellogg North America at Kellogg Co., will be retiring from the company to pursue other opportunities, according to a Feb. 16 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Norman will remain with the company through April 1 to ensure an orderly transition. Until a successor is named, Kellogg chief executive Steve A. Cahillane will oversee the Kellogg North America business.
Mr. Norman began his career at Kellogg in 1987, joining the company’s U.K. sales group. He was promoted to a number of marketing roles in France and Canada in the years 1989 to 1996 and became director of marketing, Kellogg de Mexico, in 1997. He was named vice-president of marketing, Kellogg USA in 1999 and president of Kellogg Canada in 2000. In 2002, Mr. Norman returned to Europe as managing director, United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland, and was promoted in 2004 to vice-president, Kellogg Co., and president of U.S. Morning Foods, a position he held until 2008. He was president of Kellogg International from 2008 to 2013, when he was named chief growth officer. He was named president, Kellogg North America in 2015, assuming responsibility for managing a portfolio of businesses within the region, including U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Frozen Foods, U.S. Specialty Channels and Canada.
Mr. Norman's departure comes at a troubling time for Kellogg Co., which has struggled to achieve consistent top-line growth in recent years. Net income attributable to Kellogg Co. for the year ended Dec. 30, 2017, was $1,269 million, equal to $3.65 per share on the common stock, up sharply from $694 million, or $1.98, in the prior year. Net sales dipped 0.7% to $12,923 million from $13,014 million. On a currency-neutral basis, net sales declined 2.6%.