Mike Bivens is passionate about leading and being a member of high performing teams. His business career and personal pursuits have lead him into a lifetime quest of building high performing teams and developing leaders that deliver on character and results.
Bivens retired from the Kellogg Company after 31-plus years of service in April 2011. In his most recent position at Kellogg's, Mike was accountable for the development of leaders throughout the entire Kellogg Company. Key deliverables included the development of the Kellogg Business Leader Model (KBLM), the identification, assessment, and development of executive talent at Kellogg's, and the development of a Kellogg Business Leader learning and development curriculum for all leaders at Kellogg's. He led the effort to establish the W. K. Kellogg Leadership Academy, which is focused on the accelerated development of the Top 150 Executive Leaders at the Kellogg Company globally. In this role, Mike successfully coached leadership teams, and individual executive leaders, to reach there full potential and deliver results.
Prior to his last position at Kellogg's, Mike was the Vice President, Retail Sales for the Kellogg's Sales Company. In this role, he was accountable for leading and building a new Kellogg's Retail Sales organization to call on retail grocery stores across the entire United States. Starting in January of 2001, and commencing in December 2001, Mike and his Retail Sales Leadership Team hired and trained 207 new Kellogg Retail Sales Representatives.
In a very short period of time, the new Retail Sales Team began "Winning at Retail" and made key contributions to the Kellogg Company regaining dollar share leadership from General Mills by May of 2002!
Throughout his career with Kellogg's, Mike has been assigned leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources. He is a Michigan native, having grown up in Battle Creek, Michigan. Mike graduated from Albion College in 1979 and earned his MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA in 1991.
Mike is excited to be working for Today's Leader where he will utilize his executive experience to coach and develop Executive Business Leaders and Leadership Teams.