Kellogg has announced the appointment of Gary Pilnick as CEO of its North America Cereal Co., a position he will assume upon the completion of the planned separation of the business, which is on track to be completed by the end of next year, following the satisfaction of customary conditions.
Pilnick has been vice chairman, corporate development and chief legal officer, Kellogg Company, since 2016. He also is a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee. Pilnick assumed the role of senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary in 2003 and assumed the responsibility of corporate development in 2004. He joined Kellogg Company in 2000 as vice president, deputy general counsel, and assistant secretary.
Prior to joining Kellogg, Pilnick was affiliated with the Chicago law firm of Jenner and Block from 1989 to 1995, which included corporate legal assignments in Chicago and Tokyo. He previously held leadership positions at Specialty Foods, Sara Lee, and Sara Lee Branded Apparel, North and South America.
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“Gary and his team of seasoned leaders bring significant depth and breadth of experience and extensive knowledge to North America Cereal Co., all of which will enable the business to continue building momentum and capitalize on its compelling long-term opportunities for investment and profit growth, driven by its portfolio of iconic, world-class brands,” says Steve Cahillane, Kellogg chairman and chief executive officer. “Notably, Gary was instrumental in some of our most successful strategic initiatives in recent years, including the acquisition of Pringles, which we see as a blueprint for the positive outcomes that arise when additional focus, attention, and investment are combined with world-class brands.”
Additional North America Cereal Co. executive leadership and board appointments will be made as the separation process progresses.