Board of Directors
Kendall J. Powell
Kendall J. Powell, age 61, is Chairman of the Board of General Mills. Mr. Powell joined General Mills in 1979 and progressed through a variety of positions in the company before becoming a Vice President in 1990. He became President of Yoplait USA in 1996, President of the Big G cereal division in 1997 and a Senior Vice President in 1998. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Cereal Partners Worldwide, our joint venture with Nestle in Switzerland. He returned to the United States in 2004 and was appointed Executive Vice President. Mr. Powell was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility for the company in 2006. In 2007, he was named Chief Executive Officer and in 2008 he was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is a director of Medtronic, Inc.