Carson resigns from Kellogg, Costco boards

Melissa Nann Burke and David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson has resigned from the boards of the Kellogg Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. as he launched his presidential campaign this week.

Kellogg, headquartered in Battle Creek, reported the departure in a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission on Monday, saying Carson “resigned in order to pursue elected office.”

Costco did the same on Tuesday, adding that Carson’s resignation “was not due to any disagreement with the company on any matter” relating to Costco operations, policies or practices.

Before a cheering crowd, Carson, 63, officially entered the 2016 race on Monday with an event at Music Hall Center for Performing Arts in downtown Detroit, where he mentioned his experience on corporate boards among his qualifications for the White House.

“I don’t have a lot of experience busting budgets and doing the kinds of things that have gotten us into all the trouble we are in now,” Carson said.

“I do have a lot of experience solving problems — complex surgical problems that had never been done by anybody before. I do have corporate board experience with 18 years with Kellogg and 16 years with Costco, as well as a biotech company.”

Carson, who attended a Kellogg board meeting the week before last, had said he would resign. His term on Kellogg’s board of directors began in 1997 and with Costco Wholesale Corp., based in Issaquah, Washington, in 1999.

He also has resigned as chair of the board of the Baltimore-based Vaccinogen, which is developing a cancer vaccine, the company said Tuesday. In March, Carson joined the advisory board of HomeCentris Healthcare LLC, which specializes in home-based care for seniors.

A neurosurgeon, Carson retired in 2013 from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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