The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Diane Holdorf

Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Corporation

Diane Holdorf is Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer for Kellogg Company. She joined Kellogg in May 2008 as Senior Director, Environmental Stewardship and in 2009 was promoted to Vice President, Environmental Stewardship, Health and Safety. In 2011 she was promoted to Chief Sustainability Officer, Vice President Environment, Health & Safety, and in 2015, in recognition of the increasing importance of sustainability across the Kellogg business, became Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer to focus full time on advancing Kellogg’s sustainability leadership efforts.

In this role she develops and implements global goals, strategies and plans for sustainability focused in areas of responsible sourcing and conserving natural resources to deliver brand value, improved corporate reputation, security of supply and right to operate, while delivering business value.

In her prior role, she additionally led global environmental stewardship to assure compliance with environmental regulations while working to reduce the total environmental impact of Kellogg Company operations, as well as global employee safety and health programs, designed to deliver best-in-class safety performance company wide, with an ultimate goal of zero injuries. In addition to her role at Kellogg, Ms. Holdorf serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining the company, Ms. Holdorf served as vice president for Delta Consultants (now Antea), a U.S. based environment, health and safety, and sustainability consulting firm. During her 17 years with Delta Consultants, she served in numerous management and consulting roles, based in Minnesota, England and New York. In addition, she served as secretary of the board for Inogen Environmental Alliance, a global business of which Delta was a member.

In 2015 Ms. Holdorf was recognized as a Maize and Wheat Super Woman by CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat
Improvement Center) as part of the United Nation’s International Women’s Day in 2015. Ms. Holdorf has worked with many consumer packaged goods and manufacturing companies in development and implementation of global programs for corporate responsibility, environmental management and risk management.

Ms. Holdorf received Bachelor’s degrees in public communications and in German from Syracuse University. She also completed the Executive MBA Program at the University of St. Thomas.

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