Diversity Leadership: John Bryant, Kellogg Company
President and CEO
In his travels around the world, Kellogg Company‘s John Bryant has learned that people everywhere are working toward the same goal: providing a better future for their children (see video). As a father of six, the Australia Native can relate. He sees diversity as an investment in the future as well as an “absolute critical business necessity.”
A diverse workforce is good for business, Bryant told DiversityInc. “An actively inclusive, welcoming and respectful work environment promotes employee engagement, drives innovation, improves retention and boosts productivity—all of which contribute directly to our bottom line.”
Bryant chairs Kellogg’s diversity and inclusion council and links diversity goals to executive compensation; he and his direct reports are executive sponsors of the company’s six resource groups. Kellogg’s supplier-diversity program has flourished in the past decade thanks to the involvement of top leadership. Because of this deep commitment, Kellogg won DiversityInc’s Top Company for Diversity-Management Progress award in 2012.
Since joining Kellogg in 1998, Bryant has served as Chief Financial Officer, President of Kellogg North America, President of Kellogg International, and Chief Operating Officer. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the board of directors of Catalyst, The Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He lives in Kalamazoo, Mich., with his family.