SAN FRANCISCO, July 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diamond Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq:DMND) today announced it has appointed Dr. Celeste A. Clark, a retired senior executive with Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), to its Board of Directors. Dr. Clark will also serve on the Board's Nominating and Governance Committee. "Celeste brings to the Diamond Board of Directors nearly 35 years of experience in the food industry in the areas of nutrition, innovation and food labeling," said Robert J. Zollars, Diamond Foods' Chairman. "She served on the global executive leadership team at Kellogg and led the development and implementation of health policy, nutrition and regulatory science initiatives across 180 global markets. Her knowledge and extensive experience will be valuable to Diamond's Board of Directors as well as the Company's innovation team." Dr. Clark is a recently retired senior executive of Kellogg Company where she led global public policy and external affairs and served as Chief Sustainability Officer. In her nearly 35 years with Kellogg Company, Dr. Clark was responsible for global health policy, nutrition and regulatory science globally to ensure consistency around the world. She led the Global Nutrition Team's work with the company's Research, Quality and Technology Group and the business units to strengthen the nutritional value of products offered with a focus on both innovation and renovation. In addition to her scientific and regulatory experience, Dr. Clark was also responsible for Kellogg Company's Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. "It is a pleasure to welcome Celeste to the Diamond Foods Board of Directors," said Brian J. Driscoll, Diamond Foods' President and CEO. "Celeste joins the Diamond Foods Board at a time when her experience and insight in innovation, nutrition and sustainability will be valued and have an immediate impact on the Company." Dr. Clark is an independent director of the Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE:MJN) and the Auto Club of Michigan, and a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is a principal of Abraham Clark Consulting, LLC.