GENERAL MILLS - Key Persons


Bethany C. Quam

Job Titles:
  • Group President
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Group President of Our Pet
  • Group President, Pet
  • Group President, Pet / Education
Education Indiana University, B.A. University of Minnesota, MBA Bethany Quam is group president of our Pet segment. Previously, Quam was a vice president of General Mills and president of Convenience & Foodservice division. She assumed that role in May 2014 and was responsible for the distribution and sales of General Mills brands and products across multiple business channels, including foodservice distributors, restaurant accounts, convenience stores, vending, K-12 schools, universities and bakeries. Quam joined General Mills in 1993 and held financial positions in foodservice, operations and the cereal division. In 1995, she took a cross-functional sales position in Cleveland, Ohio. She continued on the sales career path and has held positions that spanned account manager to regional sales director. In 2007, Quam was promoted to vice president, Strategic Planning Group. In 2012, she was promoted to vice president of U.S. channels, where she oversaw the business in channels such as club, drug and discount. She was promoted to group president of our Pet segment in October 2019.

David M. Cordani

Job Titles:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Cigna Corporation
Committees: Compensation Committee, Audit Committee David M. Cordani is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI), a global health insurance and health services company. Mr. Cordani joined Cigna in 1991 and has held a variety of finance and operating positions, including Chief Financial Officer for CIGNA HealthCare and President and Chief Operating Officer for Cigna Corporation. He was named Chief Executive Officer of Cigna Corporation in 2009. Prior to joining Cigna, he held several senior staff positions at Coopers & Lybrand, an accounting firm. Mr. Cordani also serves as a Director of Cigna Corporation. Mr. Cordani was named to the General Mills board in 2014. He is the Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Diane L. Neal

Job Titles:
  • Retired Chief Executive Officer, Sur La Table, Inc.
Committees: Corporate Governance Committee, Public Responsibility Committee Diane L. Neal served as Chief Executive Officer of Sur La Table, Inc., a retail company with more than 100 stores offering a selection of exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table, from October 2014 until her retirement in January 2017. From 2012 to September 2014, Ms. Neal served as an advisor to retail companies including L Brands, Inc., the parent company of Bath & Body Works where she served as Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Neal joined Bath & Body Works in 2006 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Neal served with Gap Inc. from 2004 to 2006 where she held the positions of President, Outlet Division and Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Outlet Division. Previously, she served at Target Corporation for more than 20 years in various executive and leadership roles, most recently as President of Mervyn's from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Neal serves as a director of Fossil Group, Inc., and she was a director of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. from 2014 to 2015. Ms. Neal was elected to the General Mills board in 2018. She is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Public Responsibility Committee.

Donal L. Mulligan - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Chief Financial Officer / Education
Education Duke University, B.A., 1983 University of Michigan Business School, MBA, 1985 Don Mulligan was named executive vice president, chief financial officer of General Mills in August 2007. In this capacity, Mulligan has overall company responsibility for worldwide finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, investor relations, external reporting, internal audit, tax and treasury. He is also a trustee of the General Mills Foundation. Mulligan joined General Mills in September 1998 as vice president of finance for the International division. In 2004, he was named vice president of finance for the technical community. He was appointed vice president and treasurer in 2006 before being elected executive vice president in 2007. Prior to joining General Mills, Mulligan spent 11 years with PepsiCo, Inc., and its spinoff Yum Brands, where he held various international finance positions. Before joining PepsiCo, Mulligan worked for GTE, Inc., in its financial associate program for two years. Mulligan earned a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from University of Michigan Business School.

Elizabeth C. Lempres

Job Titles:
  • Retired Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Committees: Audit Committee, Finance Committee Elizabeth C. Lempres served as Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, until her retirement in August 2017. Ms. Lempres joined McKinsey & Company in 1989 and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility during her career including Senior Partner and Global Leader, Private Equity and Principal Investors from 2016 to 2017; and Senior Partner and Global Leader, Consumer Sector from 2010 to 2014. Prior to McKinsey & Company, she held positions in engineering related fields at IBM and General Electric. Ms. Lempres serves as a director of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd.

Eric D. Sprunk

Job Titles:
  • Chief Operating Officer of NIKE, Inc
  • Chief Operating Officer, NIKE, Inc.
Committees: Public Responsibility Committee, Audit Committee Eric D. Sprunk has served as the Chief Operating Officer of NIKE, Inc., an athletic footwear and apparel business, since 2013. Mr. Sprunk joined Nike in 1993, and has held a variety of positions, including Regional General Manager of Nike Europe Footwear from 1998 to 2000, Vice President & General Manager of the Americas from 2000 to 2001, Vice President of Global Footwear from 2001 to 2009, and Vice President of Merchandising and Product from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining NIKE, Mr. Sprunk was a certified public accountant with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse from 1987 to 1993. He was elected to the General Mills board in 2015. He is Chair of the Public Responsibility Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Ivan Pollard - CMO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Global Chief Marketing Officer
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Chief Marketing Officer / Education
Education Nottingham University, B.S., physics Ivan Pollard is Global Chief Marketing Officer for General Mills and he is working to help refine the marketing philosophies and practices for General Mills in bringing its powerful portfolio of brands to life in ways that disproportionately grow our business. This will involve identifying the smartest ways to engage consumers, customers and constituents with our content, conversations, experiences and transactions all around the world with "remarkably modern marketing." Pollard joined us in 2017 from The Coca-Cola Company. During his time at Coca-Cola, Pollard was responsible for developing strategies to more effectively deploy over $2 billion media spend around the world and instituted new data driven approaches to connections planning, management of digital platforms, media, sponsorships, and content creation. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Pollard was a Global Partner in Naked Communications, the world's largest connections planning company, and had leading roles in global agencies such as DDB Needham and Wieden+Kennedy. He has worked on businesses like Nike, Star Wars, Vodafone, Microsoft, adidas and The Guardian Newspaper. Oh, and Coca-Cola. Originally from England, Pollard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham which helps with his unicycling.

Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Member of the Human Resources Policy Association
As a chief human resources officer, Jacqueline Williams-Roll is responsible for the development of the global people and organizational strategies to enable the growth of General Mills. Her goal is to inspire General Mills' talent and teams to deliver winning performance through purpose, development and connection. Williams-Roll joined the company in 1995 and has held human resources leadership roles in Supply Chain, Finance, Marketing and Talent and Organization Effectiveness. Williams-Roll has worked a large part of her career on businesses outside of the United States, including an assignment based in Switzerland in which she led human resources for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and as vice president of human resources for the international segment. Before joining General Mills, she held sales and management roles with Jenny Craig International. Williams-Roll is a member of the Human Resources Policy Association, the Center on Executive Compensation, the Peer Roundtable for CHROs and the Center for Executive Succession.

Jeff Siemon

Job Titles:
  • Vice President Investor Relations

Jeffrey L. Harmening - CEO, Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Harmening was named chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of General Mills on June 1, 2017. He was elected to serve as chairman of the board of directors effective January 1, 2018. Harmening joined General Mills in 1994 and has held leadership positions for the company in the United States and Europe. Harmening previously served as president and chief operating officer for General Mills, where he shaped strategies for the company's four global operating segments and had oversight of Global Supply Chain, and Innovation, Technology and Quality. He assumed his role as president and chief operating officer in July of 2016. In the U.S., he served in various marketing roles before being named vice president of marketing for Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) in 2003. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, CPW is a 50-50 joint venture between General Mills and Nestle that manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal products in more than 130 countries outside of North America. In June 2007, Harmening returned to the U.S. and was named president of the General Mills Big G cereal division. He was promoted to senior vice president in April 2011. In 2012, Harmening returned to Europe as CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide and held that role from 2012 to 2014. Returning to the U.S. in 2014, Harmening was named executive vice president, chief operating officer of the largest division of General Mills, the U.S. Retail segment. In this role he had corporate oversight of the Baking Products, Big G Cereals, Meals, Pillsbury USA, Small Planet Foods, Snacks, and Yoplait divisions. During Harmening's leadership of the U.S. Retail business, the company greatly expanded its position in the natural and organic segment, including the acquisition of Annie's and EPIC Provisions. That made General Mills the fourth largest maker of natural and organic foods in the U.S. A graduate of DePauw University, Harmening began his career as a financial analyst at Eli Lilly and Company from 1989 to 1992. He received his MBA from Harvard in 1994, is a Trustee at DePauw University, and serves on the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and The Toro Company. Jeffrey L. Harmening, Chairman of the Board; Chief Executive Officer, General Mills, Inc. Jeff Harmening is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Mills. Prior to this role, Jeff served as President and Chief Operating Officer of General Mills. In that role, he was responsible for all company operations, including U.S. Retail, International, Convenience Stores & Foodservice segments, Sales and Channel Development, as well as Global Supply Chain and Innovation, Technology and Quality functions. In May 2014, he was named Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Retail segment where he had corporate oversight of the Baking Products, Big G cereals, Meals, Pillsbury USA, Small Planet Foods, Snacks and Yoplait divisions. Prior to his U.S. Retail postion, Jeff was CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), General Mills' joint venture with Nestle. In that role, he was responsible for a nearly $2 billion global cereal business, which distributes to more than 130 countries outside of North America. He began oversight of CPW in July 2012. Jeff was named president of General Mills' Big G cereal division in June 2007. Before that, he served as vice president of marketing for CPW, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. In that role, Jeff led CPW's marketing strategy and activity in markets worldwide. He was promotoed to vice president of the company while at CPW in 2004, and promoted to senior vice president in April 2011, when he served as president of Big G cereals. Prior to his marketing role with CPW, Jeff led Big G New Enterprises, where he successfully launched Berry Burst Cheerios. Jeff began his career at General Mills in 1994. Since that time, he served in various marketing roles in the Betty Crocker, Yoplait USA and Big G cereals divisions. Jeff was elected to the General Mills board in 2017 and appointed Chairman in 2018. He also serves on the board of The Toro Company. Education: DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989; Harvard University, MBA, 1994

John R. Church

Job Titles:
  • Chief
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Chief Supply Chain and Global Business Solutions Officer
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer and Global Business Solutions Officer
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer and Global Business Solutions Officer / Education
Education University of Wisconsin, bachelor's degree John Church is the Chief Supply Chain and Global Business Solutions Officer at General Mills. As the Chief Supply Chain Officer, Church has global accountability for Procurement, Logistics, Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. In 2017, Church was also tasked to assume leadership and oversight of General Mills' Global Business Solutions function, which provides business process solutions, information technology and shared services to the Company. Church joined General Mills in 1988 as a product developer for the Cereal business. He led several new-product launches including the development and commercialization of Multi-Grain Cheerios. He subsequently assumed positions of increasing responsibility throughout the supply chain and technical community, including: research and development, engineering, manufacturing, and logistics. In 2001, Church lead the successful integration of the manufacturing and logistics networks of Pillsbury and General Mills. He was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in 2003, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations in 2007 and in 2013, General Mills Board of Directors promoted Church to Executive Vice President. Church serves on the Board of Directors for Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestle and is a member of the Board of Directors of Yoplait, S. A. He is also the Executive Sponsor for General Mills' Hispanic Employee Network. Church holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He currently is on the Board for Allina Health and sits on the Executive Advisory Board for SCM World.

Jonathon J. Nudi

Job Titles:
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Group President, North America Retail
Education Penn State University, bachelor's degree, 1993 Kellogg School of Management, MBA, 2005 Jon Nudi leads our North America Retail organization, including Meals and Baking, Cereal, Snacks, Annie's and Yogurt operating units in the U.S., in addition to our Canadian operations. He assumed his current role in January 2017 after serving as president of our U.S. Retail organization since September 2016. Prior to that, Nudi was senior vice president; president, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, overseeing operations in 25 countries and five plants in the region, managing a portfolio of global brands including Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Green Giant, Nature Valley, and Betty Crocker. Nudi served as president of the General Mills Snacks division from 2010 to 2014. In that role, he was responsible for the profitable growth of some of America's favorite snack brands including Nature Valley granola bars, Betty Crocker fruit-flavored snacks, and Chex Mix. Previous to that, Nudi served as vice president of marketing responsible for Green Giant vegetables and frozen entrees. Prior to his role with Green Giant, he was responsible for Betty Crocker side dishes and strategic growth channels in the Meals division. Nudi began his career in 1993 in the Sales division. He progressed through a series of sales roles, including field sales director in the western U.S. Nudi was promoted to sales director in 2001, became a marketing director in 2005, and was promoted to a vice president of the company in 2007. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Penn State University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Maria A. Sastre

Job Titles:
  • Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support Corporation
Committees: Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation Committee Maria A. Sastre served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature Flight Support Corporation, the world's largest network of fixed-base operations and support services for private and business aviation, from 2013 until her retirement in 2018. Ms. Sastre joined Signature Flight in 2010 as its Chief Operating Officer. From 2009 to 2010, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Take Stock in Children, Inc., a Florida based non-profit that helps low-income youth escape the cycle of poverty through education. Ms. Sastre served with Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD from 2000 to 2008 where she held the positions of Vice President, International, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, and Vice President of Hotel Operations. Previously, she had held various executive and leadership roles at United Airlines, Inc., Continental Airlines, Inc. and Eastern Airlines, Inc. Ms. Sastre was elected to the General Mills board in 2018. She is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee.

Maria G. Henry

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer of Kimberly - Clark Corporation
Committees: Finance Committee, Audit Committee Maria Henry has been Chief Financial Officer of Kimberly-Clark Corporation since April 2015. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hillshire Brands, formerly known as Sara Lee Corporation, from June 2012 to August 2014. Ms. Henry was the Chief Financial Officer of Sara Lee's North American Retail and Foodservice business from May 2011 to June 2012. Prior to Sara Lee, she held various senior leadership positions in Finance and Strategy in three portfolio companies of Clayton, Dubilier, and Rice, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Culligan International from October 2005 to May 2011. Ms. Henry also held senior Finance roles in several technology companies, and she began her career at General Electric. Ms. Henry was elected to the General Mills Board in 2016. She is the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Mr. Jorge A. Uribe

Job Titles:
  • Retired Global Productivity and Organization Transformation Officer, Procter & Gamble
Committees: Compensation Committee, Public Responsibility Committee Mr. Jorge A. Uribe served as Global Productivity and Organization Transformation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company, a consumer products company, from December 2012 until his retirement in July 2015. Prior to 2012, Mr. Uribe served as Group President of Latin America at Procter & Gamble from 2004 to 2012, as Vice President, Marketing and Customer Business Development, Latin America from 2001 to 2004 and as Vice President, Venezuela and Andean Region from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Uribe also serves as a Director of Ingredion Incorporated and Grupo Argoso SA. Mr. Uribe was elected to the General Mills board in 2016. He is a member of the Compensation and Public Responsibility Committees.

R. Kerry Clark

Job Titles:
  • Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cardinal Health, Inc.
Committees: Audit Committee, Finance Committee R. Kerry Clark served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., a provider of health care products and services until his retirement in 2009. Mr. Clark joined Cardinal Health in 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer and became Chairman in 2007. Prior to that, he had held various positions at The Procter & Gamble Company, a consumer products company, since 1974, including President of P&G Asia; President, Global Market Development and Business Operations; and from 2004 to 2006, Vice Chairman of the Board. He is a director of Textron, Inc., Avnet, Inc., and Anthem, Inc., and he was a director of Cardinal Health, Inc. from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Clark has been on the General Mills Board of Directors since 2009. He is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Richard C. Allendorf - Chief Legal Officer, SVP

Job Titles:
  • General Counsel
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Secretary
  • Senior Vice President
  • General Counsel and Secretary, SVP / Education
Education Iowa State University, bachelor's degree University of Minnesota, Juris Doctor, 1989 Richard Allendorf is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of General Mills, overseeing the General Mills Law department. For two years starting in 2012, Allendorf was vice president, deputy general counsel, International, responsible for the development of legal strategies and the management of legal matters for the International division. He also oversaw the company's global ethics and compliance program. Previously, he led the legal team supporting the U.S. Retail business and Consumer Foods Sales. Before joining General Mills in 1998, he was in private practice with the firm Shearman and Sterling in New York City. He later joined the Minneapolis firm of Mackall, Crounse and Moore. Allendorf worked in finance at General Electric after earning his bachelor's degree at Iowa State University. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Roger W. Ferguson Jr.

Job Titles:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA
Committees: Finance Committee, Corporate Governance Committee Roger W. Ferguson Jr., has served as Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, a financial services firm, since 2008. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Mr. Ferguson served as the Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, a global reinsurance company, from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Ferguson has also served in various policy-making positions, including as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System from 1999 to 2006. From 1984 to 1997, Mr. Ferguson was an associate and partner at the Consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He serves on the board of Alphabet Inc. and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. and on the advisory board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP. He was elected to the General Mills board in 2015. He is Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.

Sean N. Walker

Job Titles:
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Group President, Asia & Latin America
  • Group President, Asia & Latin America / Education
Education York University, bachelor's degree Sean Walker leads our Asia & Latin America business segment. Prior to his current role, Walker led the Blue Buffalo transition team. From 2016 to 2018 he led Corporate Strategy and was responsible for developing the enterprise long range strategic plan. Walker was President of General Mills Latin America from 2009 to 2016. While leading LATAM, he was accountable for business and brand growth in markets such as Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil, and led the acquisition and integration of the Yoki Alimentos business in Brazil. Walker joined General Mills Canada in 1989 and has held leadership roles across multiple functions and business segments in General Mills. His roles have included vice president of Finance for General Mills Canada, vice president of Financial Operations for the Meals division, and vice president of Marketing for the Green Giant business. Walker is very active in the community and has served on numerous non-profit boards in the USA, Canada and Brazil. He has worked with organizations that focus on helping with children's mental health and education. Walker worked for the Hershey Company prior to joining General Mills and is a graduate of York University.

Shawn P. O'Grady

Job Titles:
  • Member of the View Our Board of Directors
  • Group President, Convenience Stores & Foodservice and Chief Revenue Development Officer
  • Group President, Convenience Stores & Foodservice and Chief Revenue Development Officer / Education
Education Notre Dame, bachelor's degree, chemical engineering Harvard Business School, MBA, 1990 Shawn O'Grady leads our Convenience Stores & Foodservice organization, which focuses on serving the needs of convenience store operators and foodservice providers, including schools, universities and hospitals primarily in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, O'Grady is chief revenue development officer, overseeing our global revenue management group, which is focused on advancing our e-commerce partnerships and increasing our capabilities in strategic revenue management around the world. He previously led the function responsible for all U.S. retail sales of General Mills consumer foods products. In that role, his organization focused on leading profitable growth by creating differentiated customer solutions for both grocery and channel customers. His team's responsibilities included in-store execution, trade funding strategy and the development and deployment of industry-leading sales capabilities. He was named to that position in May 2010. O'Grady joined General Mills in the marketing organization in July 1990. O'Grady has held positions across the Snacks, Meals and Big G cereal divisions. Most noteworthy was his work on Wheaties, which he led during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was promoted to vice president in 1998, and concurrent with the General Mills acquisition of The Pillsbury Company in 2001, took the helm of the Refrigerated Baked Goods business. Late in 2004, O'Grady joined General Mills' Consumer Foods Sales division, progressing to his most recent role as president of the Sales division with responsibility for all grocery customers. Prior to joining General Mills, he worked two years as a chemical engineer for Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Steve Odland

Job Titles:
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference Board and Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Office Depot, Inc.
Committees: Public Responsibility Committee, Compensation Committee Steve Odland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference Board. From 2013 to June of 2018, Mr. Odland was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference Board's public policy affiliate, the Committee for Economic Development. From 2011 to 2012, he was an Adjunct Professor in the graduate school of business at Lynn University and at Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Odland served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Office Depot, Inc., an office merchandise retailer, from 2005 until 2010. From 2001 to 2005, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AutoZone, Inc., an auto parts retailer. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tops Markets, Inc., a U.S. food retailer, from 1998 to 2000, and as President of the Foodservice Division of Sara Lee Bakery from 1997 to 1998. He was employed by The Quaker Oats Company from 1981 to 1996. Mr. Odland is also currently a Senior Advisor at Peter J. Solomon Company, and a CNBC contributor. He has been on the General Mills Board of Directors since 2004. Mr. Odland serves as the Board's Independent Lead Director. He is a member of the Compensation and Public Responsibility Committees.