La June Montgomery Tabron has been named as Kellogg’s newest CEO and president. La June joins a short list of six active Black CEO’s leading Fortune 500 companies. Starting January 2014, she will becomes the 12th leader of the 83-year-old foundation, replacing Sterling Speirn after his eight year stint.
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“I am pleased to have this opportunity to serve and to lead this wonderful foundation to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children,” said Ms. Tabron. “Growing up in a family of ten children in inner-city Detroit, I know first-hand the day-to-day challenges faced by the families we seek to help. In so many ways, my own journey illustrates the power and impact of what is possible with the right conditions.”
Throughout her 26-year journey from controller to her current role of executive vice president of operations and treasurer, La June emerged as Kellogg’s new leader “because of her strengths in so many areas of the foundation, and her deep and unwavering commitment to the foundation’s mission, vision and values,” said Rod Gillum, chair of the WKKF board.
“As our executive vice president, La June has collaborated with the leadership team to develop and implement WKKF’s programming based on a deep understanding of grantees’ local knowledge and needs of their community. She has shown that she knows how to strike a balance between the board, staff and grantees, all while holding our high standard for impact.”
La June basically has a company worth $7 billion dollars in assets in the palms of her hands.
Ms. Tabron’s role at Kellogg will prove to be a potent one. She says, “We will continue to focus on achieving racial equity through racial healing, and using civic and community engagement as our primary mechanisms for effecting sustainable change.”
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Ms. Tabron earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant. Her career began as an auditor for Plante & Moran PLLC. An outstanding civic leader, she serves as president of the board of the Western Michigan University Foundation and is a board member of the Michigan-based Bronson Healthcare group, in addition to numerous other community and professional organizations.
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