la june montgomery tabron*La June Montgomery Tabron will be the next president and chief executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Tabron, who has worked for 26 years for the philanthropic foundation and who is presently its executive vice president of operations and treasurer, will assume the top leadership roles on Jan. 1.

The Kalamazoo resident will fill posts vacated by Sterling Speirn, who announced plans to step down on Dec. 31 after leading the foundation for nearly eight years.

Founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation works to create conditions where vulnerable children can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

“After an extensive search that included outstanding candidates from both the United States and abroad, La June emerged as our 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,” Rod Gillum, chairman of the WKKF board, said in a press release.

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