John A. Bryant

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John A. Bryant is an Australian businessman. Bryant was the chairman and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company (Kellogg's) since January 2011. His retirement from the company was announced in September 2017.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Bryant attended St Edmund's College in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT). [1][2]

Bryant received a Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University in 1987, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[2]


Bryant joined Kellogg Company in 1998, and has held a variety of roles, including chief financial officer (CFO); president, North America; president, international; and chief operating officer (COO).[2]

In July 2010, Bryant joined the Kellogg Company's board of directors.[2]

In January 2011, Bryant was named president and CEO.[2]

In July 2014, Bryant was named chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company. In this role, he also chairs the executive committee of the board.[2]

Bryant serves as a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust. He also serves on the board of directors of Catalyst, The Consumer Goods Forum, and Macy's, Inc.[2]

Bryant is a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.[3]

Kellogg Company[edit]

In 2012, Bryant was sanguine about the purchase of Pringles from Procter & Gamble, after a deal with Diamond Foods fell through.[4]

Bryant has admitted to firing too many employees in the United States during the 2007–2012 global economic crisis.[5]

On September 28, 2017, the company announced Bryant would retire in the first week of October. Steven Cahillane will succeed Bryant. According to Kellogg spokesperson Kris Charles, as reported by Fortune, it was Bryant's decision to retire. Bryant will stay on as executive chairman until March 15.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bryant lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife Alison and their six children.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b Doherty, Megan (15 March 2012). "Meet the ex-Canberra boy putting the snap, crackle and pop into a $13b cereal empire". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Kellogg Company Board of Directors
  3. ^ BusinessWeek
  4. ^ Michael J. de la Merced, Kellogg Wins Pringles After Diamond Deal Falls Apart, The New York Times, February 15, 2012
  5. ^ Richard Blackden, Kellogg's chief John Bryant admits he cut too many staff during recession, The Telegraph, 03 Nov 2011
  6. ^ "Kellogg CEO John Bryant Out as the Big Food Mass CEO Exodus Continues". Retrieved 28 September 2017.