Joanne Krell (Vice Chair)

Joanne Krell (Vice Chair)
Vice President for Communications
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Joanne Krell is vice president for communications for the W. K. Kellog Foundation.

Before coming to Kellogg, Krell had been with General Motors. She started at GM in 1997, as manager of strategic communications. In subsequent years she managed media relations, corporate brand communications, and energy and environment communications for the giant automaker. In 2005, she became director of corporate communications for GMAC Financial Services and later director of communications for global issues management. In 2007, she became director of communications for the company’s premium brands – Cadillac, Hummer and Saab USA.

Prior to her time at GM, Krell held communication and public relations positions at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Detroit, Michigan; The Widmeyer Group in Washington, D.C.; the Air Line Pilots Association in Washington, D.C.; and the American Federation of Teachers; in Washington, D.C.

Krell was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her master’s degree in advertising and marketing at Michigan State University and her bachelor’s degree in government and politics at the University of Maryland in College Park.