Jeffrey L. Harmening

Jeff Harmening is President and Chief Operating Officer of General Mills.  In this role, he is responsible for all company operations including U.S. Retail, International, Convenience Stores and Foodservice segments, Sales and Channel Development, as well as Global Supply Chain and Innovation, Technology and Quality functions.  He served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Retail segment since May 2014 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 position, Harmening was CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) – General Mills’ joint venture with Nestlé. 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 of 2012. 

Harmening 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, Harmening led CPW’s marketing strategy and activity in markets worldwide.

He was promoted to vice president of the company while at CPW in 2004, and promoted to senior vice president effective April 1, 2011, when he served as president of Big G cereals. 

Prior to his marketing role with CPW, Harmening led Big G New Enterprises, where he successfully launched Berry Burst Cheerios.

Harmening began his career at General Mills in 1994. Since that time, he has served in various marketing roles in the Betty Crocker, Yoplait USA and Big G divisions.

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

DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989

Harvard University, MBA, 1994

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