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Doug Conant Joins Kellogg School of Management to Lead New Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute

Evanston, Ill. (July 11, 2013)— The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has announced that Doug Conant, founder and CEO of ConantLeadership and former president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, has joined the school as the founder and chairman of the newly formed Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI). Through KELI, Kellogg will augment and strengthen existing senior-level executive education programs, as well as design new approaches for C-suite leadership development and drive research that explores key issues facing CEOs.

“Kellogg has always been a premier management education institution for every stage of business leadership,” says Kellogg School Dean Sally Blount. “With Doug on board at Kellogg, we have a tremendous opportunity to build on our tradition of excellence in preparing executives to succeed and lead at the highest level of their enterprise, in the C-suite and on boards.”

Mr. Conant, who is also a Kellogg alumnus from the Class of 1976, will bring his personal leadership experience and practitioner perspective to Kellogg to complement the academic experience the school provides in its executive education programs targeted to top-level executives. Mr. Conant will collaborate with Kellogg’s executive education team and faculty to develop and introduce the first new programs in 2014.

“While at Kellogg, I meaningfully advanced the leadership philosophy that has been foundational to my corporate journey: to be tough-minded on standards of performance and tender-hearted with people in a principle-centered way,” says Mr. Conant. “I cannot imagine a better environment in which to build this institute than Kellogg -- to foster personal and professional development that leverages the best thinking of a world-class business school with the best practices of the private sector in a manner that enables leaders to flourish, grow and contribute at the highest levels of their organizations.” 

In addition to his roles at ConantLeadership and Campbell Soup Company, Mr. Conant is non-executive chairman of Avon Products and chairman of the CECP (Formerly known as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy). He is also the New York Times best-selling author of Touch Points: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments.

About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a premier institution for management education – a global community that believes business can be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world changing. Founded in 1908 and based just outside of Chicago, Kellogg is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from around the world. The Kellogg School’s academic portfolio includes the Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA Programs, the Ph.D. Program, and the non-degree Executive Education Program. The school offers two joint-degree programs: the JD-MBA and the MMM (MBA-MEM). Additionally, the school offers an Executive MBA Program at its campus in Miami and has forged partnerships with leading business schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Canada. To learn more, visit


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