LaJune Montgomery Tabron was appointed president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to this, she served as former executive vice president of operations and treasurer.
The appointment, which will be effective on January 1, 2014, makes her the first African American woman to lead the foundation since its founding more than 83 years ago.
Tabron joined Kellogg as a financial controller. Shortly after, she rose within the company and was charged with overseeing the internal operations.
During her 26-year tenure with the company, she has worked on a number of initiatives including programming strategy and execution as well as the launch of a program geared towards the educational achievements of young males of color in Mississippi and New Orleans.
The NAACP has a close relationship with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, “LaJune Tabron is a powerful choice to lead the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has worked closely with the Association over the years as the Kellogg Foundation has made a sustained and substantial investment in the NAACP. She holds a strong vision of a racially just society where all children can flourish equally.”
Tabron holds 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.