BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — Chris Hood has been named president of Kellogg North America at Kellogg Co. Mr. Hood currently is president of Kellogg Europe and will be succeeded in that role by Dave Lawlor, currently vice-president of European Cereal Business at Kellogg.
In his new role, Mr. Hood will report to Steve Cahillane, chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg Co., and will lead the portfolio of businesses within the company’s largest region, including U.S. Morning Foods, U.S. Snacks, U.S. Frozen Foods, U.S. Specialty Channels, Kashi and Canada. He replaces Paul Norman, who had been president of Kellogg North America since 2015 and left the company in April to pursue other opportunities.
Mr. Hood joined Kellogg in 2012 as part of the Pringles acquisition. Previously, he was vice-president and general manager for Pringles North America at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for 19 years.
“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,” Mr. Cahillane said. “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.”
Mr. Lawlor began his career at Kellogg in 1991 in sales in Ireland and has held increasingly senior commercial roles within the company’s businesses in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Russia and United Kingdom.
Both leadership changes will take effect July 1.
“These two internal promotions reflect the caliber of talent we have in our organization,” Mr. Cahillane said. “Both have the experience and skills to lead and execute our Deploy for Growth strategy.”