Kellogg Co.’s board of directors elected John A. Bryant, the Battle Creek, Mich., company's president and CEO, chairman of the board, effective July 1. Current chairman James M. Jenness will remain on the board as a non-executive director.

Bryant has been a member of the company's board since July 2010, and president and CEO since January 2011. He joined Kellogg in 1998. Prior to becoming CEO, he held a variety of key senior leadership roles, including chief financial officer, president of Kellogg North America, president of Kellogg International and chief operating officer.

"John has a deep understanding of all aspects of Kellogg Co.’s business and a clear vision of how we will deliver on our strategy and grow our business around the world," says Jenness. "His election to chairman demonstrates the board's confidence in his leadership."

Jenness worked with and for Kellogg Co. for 40 years. He has been a Kellogg Co. board member since 2000 and served as the company's CEO from February 2005 until Dec. 31, 2006.