Board of Directors

Jeffrey L. Harmening

Jeff Harmening is 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 promoted to marketing director in 2000, and held marketing director leadership roles in Big G New Enterprises and Foodservice New Business.

Education:  DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989; Harvard University, MBA, 1994


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