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Clorox CEO Benno Dorer takes on chairman role

Staff Writer | Oakland, Ca., USA | August 12, 2016
CloroxAugust 12, 2016, Oakland, Ca., USA - The Clorox Company, a manufacturer of consumer and professional products, announced changes to its board of directors, effective August 15, 2016.
CEO Benno Dorer has been named chairman of the board.

Mr. Dorer has served as chief executive officer of the company since November 2014.

Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Cleaning, International and Corporate Strategy and previously was senior vice president and general manager, Cleaning Division and Canada, vice president and general manager, Cleaning Division, vice president and general manager, Household Division, and vice president and general manager, Glad Products.

Before joining Clorox, he worked for Procter & Gamble for 14 years in a number of positions with increasing levels of responsibility in various categories and countries.

Mr. Dorer currently serves on the executive committee of the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Pamela Thomas-Graham has been named independent lead director of the board.

Ms. Thomas-Graham is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

The first black woman to be elected partner at international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, Ms. Thomas-Graham has held many leadership positions including CEO of CNBC Television, group president of Liz Claiborne, Inc. and most recently at Credit Suisse where she served as global chief marketing and talent officer, head of Private Banking & Wealth Management New Markets, and member of the global bank's executive board.

Ms. Thomas-Graham has been on the board of directors of Clorox since September 2005, and she serves on the audit committee.

George Harad will continue to serve as independent chair of the board until Ms. Thomas-Graham's appointment becomes effective on August 15.

Allan D. Mackay has been elected to the Clorox board of directors.

Mr. Mackay served as president and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company from December 2006 until his retirement in January 2011. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the company's president and chief operating officer.

Prior to that, Mr. Mackay held a number of other leadership positions at Kellogg, including roles at Kellogg Australia, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to stints at Kellogg, he served as managing director of Sara Lee Corporation in Australia and spent six years with Mars Inc.

Mr. Mackay currently serves as a director at Fortune Brands Home and Security Inc. and at McGrath Ltd.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Charles Sturt University in Australia.