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Jeffrey L. Harmening, Chairman of the Board and CEO



DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989

Harvard University, MBA, 1994


Trustee, DePauw University

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Jeff Harmening was named chief executive officer of General Mills on June 1, 2017. He was elected to serve as chairman of the board of directors effective Jan. 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.

Richard C. Allendorf, General Counsel and Secretary



Iowa State University, bachelor's degree
University of Minnesota, Juris Doctor, 1989

Richard Allendorf is 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.

Jodi Benson, Chief Innovation, Technology and Quality Officer



University of Minnesota, B.S.

As chief Innovation, Technology and Quality officer, Jodi Benson is responsible for the invention and commercialization of new food products and technologies by providing increasingly higher levels of health, taste and convenience.

Benson's responsibility for the General Mills Quality organization is focused on delivering brands that consumers can trust and value through the company's global leadership in consumer and product safety, product quality, and regulatory and technical excellence.

Benson joined Pillsbury in 1990 and joined General Mills when the company acquired Pillsbury in 2001. She then moved into the Strategy & Innovation team and later spent three years in Baking in a unique role combining ITQ and New Business leadership responsibilities. Benson was promoted to an officer level role in 2011.

Benson has served in two key global leadership roles based outside of the U.S. – the leader of our One Global Dairy Platform, based in France from 2012 to 2015 and the ITQ leader for our International business segment from 2015 to 2016.

Most recently, Benson served as leader for our integrated ITQ Centers of Excellence, focused on the broad set of capabilities most critical for General Mills’ ongoing success, such as Food Safety, Nutrition, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs as well as Product Design & Innovation.

Before joining the company, she worked as an R&D engineer at Kraft Foods.

William Bishop, Group President, Pet Segment



Ohio Wesley, bachelor's degree, sports marketing

William (Billy) Bishop, Jr., leads our Pet segment.

The segment includes Blue Buffalo pet food products, a company he co-founded with his father, Bill, and brother, Chris.

Prior to joining General Mills, Bishop served as Blue Buffalo’s chief executive officer.

Before that, Bishop served in roles including chief operating officer at Blue Buffalo. He also led marketing, product development and operations since Blue Buffalo’s founding in 2002.

Prior to that, Bishop served as vice president of marketing at U.S. beverage company SoBe, where he led its ground-breaking guerilla marketing strategy.

Bishop was an account manager at Sierra Communications from 1993 to 1995.

John R. Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Global Business Solutions Officer



University of Wisconsin, bachelor's degree


Cereal Partners Worldwide
Yoplait S.A.
Allina Health

As chief supply chain officer, John Church has responsibility for worldwide sourcing, sustainability, product logistics, manufacturing, global engineering and safety. He assumed this position in 2008.

Church's role as Global Business Solutions officer is to lead growth and drive efficiency through standard processes that reduce complexity, increase focus and enable faster decision making.

Church joined General Mills in 1988 as a product developer in the Big G cereal division. He led several new product initiatives, including the development and commercialization of MultiGrain Cheerios in 1991.

He transferred into manufacturing in 1993 and held leadership roles before becoming plant manager of the Covington, Georgia, plant in 1998. Church returned to Minneapolis in 2001 as director of Operations, Integration, where he led the successful integration of the manufacturing and logistics networks of The Pillsbury Company and General Mills. He was named vice president, Engineering in 2003.

Church represents General Mills as a board member for Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestlé, S.A. He is also a board member of Yoplait S.A. and Allina Health.

Christina Law, Group President, Asia & Latin America



University of Hong Kong, bachelor's degree

Christina Law has responsibility for General Mills brands in the region comprising Asia, Latin America the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining General Mills in 2012, she was vice president of Worldwide Neutrogena and Worldwide Face and Sun Care for Johnson & Johnson, where she led business and brand portfolio growth across the world.

Law held various prior leadership positions in her eight years with Johnson & Johnson. She was responsible for the acceleration of Johnson’s Baby business in Asia Pacific, especially within emerging markets, while serving also as general manager for Singapore consumer business. Law was then appointed as vice president of Beauty Care for Asia Pacific where she established consecutive years of strong growth behind robust innovation for the skin care brands.

Law previously spent nearly 13 years with Procter & Gamble based in Switzerland and Singapore, assuming various marketing roles of increasing responsibilities for Europe and Asia Pacific countries. She has years of international experience working in developed and emerging markets and in various product categories in the consumer goods industry.

Law began her career working for Shell Hong Kong.

Donal L. Mulligan, Chief Financial Officer



Duke University, B.A., 1983
University of Michigan Business School, MBA, 1985


Tennant Company
Aim Higher Foundation
University of Michigan Ross Business School Visiting Committee

Don Mulligan was named 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, treasury, global business services, and information systems.

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.

Jonathon J. Nudi, Group President, North America Retail



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 Canada 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.

Shawn P. O'Grady, Group President, Convenience Stores & Foodservice and Chief Revenue Development Officer



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.

Ivan Pollard, Chief Marketing Officer



Nottingham University, B.S., physics

Ivan Pollard joined General Mills in July 2017 as chief marketing officer.

Pollard refines our marketing philosophies and practices, bringing a powerful portfolio of brands into modern life.

He identifies the smartest ways to engage consumers, customers and constituents with content, conversations, experiences and transactions worldwide with “remarkably modern marketing”.

Ivan came to General Mills from The Coca-Cola Company where for seven years he was vice president of Global Connections, and later the senior vice president of Strategic Marketing, North America.

Prior to joining The Coca-Coca Company, Pollard was a global partner in Naked Communications, the world’s largest connections planning company.

Pollard's nearly three decades of communications planning includes agencies such as BMP, DDB Needham and Wieden+Kennedy. He opened his own company in the late 1990s. Unity was the first independent strategic communications planning agency in the world.

Ivan has worked for global clients, such as Nike, Microsoft, Adidas, Vodafone, Sony, Coca-Cola, 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm, where he created Jedi marketing tricks for the global connections strategies for Star Wars Episodes I, II and III.

He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, with his wife Mary and their three children.

Bethany C. Quam, Group President, Europe & Australia



Indiana University, B.A.

University of Minnesota, MBA


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Bethany Quam is group president of Europe & Australia. She has overall management responsibility of the regions.

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 her current position in November 2016.

Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll, Chief Human Resources Officer



Nebraska Wesleyan University, bachelor's degree
University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, master's degree


Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

University of Minnesota Foundation Trustees

As chief human resources officer, Jacqueline Williams-Roll is responsible for the development of the people and organizational strategies that enable the growth of General Mills. She is accountable for worldwide HR operations.

Williams-Roll joined the company in 1995 and has held human resources leadership roles in Supply Chain, Finance, Marketing 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.

Prior to her current role, she was senior vice president, Human Resources operations.

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 GMA Human Resources Council and the Twin Cities Human Resources Executive Council.