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Jeffrey L. Harmening, Chairman of the Board and CEO

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Education

DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989

Harvard University, MBA, 1994

Boards

Trustee, DePauw University

Consumer Brands Association

The Toro Company

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.

Richard C. Allendorf, General Counsel and Secretary

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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.

Jodi Benson, Chief Innovation, Technology and Quality Officer

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University of Minnesota, B.S.

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Advisory Board, 301 INC

General Mills Foundation Board of Trustees

Cereal Partners Worldwide Board of Advisors

World Food Programme

As Chief Innovation, Technology and Quality Officer, Jodi Benson is responsible for the invention and commercialization of new food products and technologies which provide increasingly higher levels of well-being, ease and joy to meet consumers evolving food values.

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. It is the mission of this team to turn possibilities into realities.

Benson has held multiple positions within ITQ which include leading the International Growth Team, living in France while leading the Global Fresh Dairy for Yoplait and Häagen-Dazs, Baking and Strategy & Innovation. Benson joined General Mills in 1990 as a Scientist II in R&D in the Pillsbury Division.

Benson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

She has represented General Mills on the Häagen-Dazs Japan Board of Directors, the GMI Benefits Advisory committee and today serves on the General Mills Foundation Board of Trustees, 301 INC Board of Advisors, the Cereal Partners Worldwide Board of Directors, and the World Food Programme Board.

Kofi Bruce, Chief Financial Officer

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Stanford University, B.A.
University of Michigan Ross School of Business, MBA

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Lifeworks

Aspen Ideas Fellow, Finance Leaders Fellowship

Kofi Bruce is our Chief Financial Officer. He assumed his current role in February 2020 after serving as Vice President of our Financial Operations since September 2019. Prior to that, Bruce was Vice President, Controller.

Bruce joined the Company in 2009 as Vice President, Treasurer after serving in a variety of senior management positions with Ecolab and Ford Motor Company. He served as Treasurer until 2010 when he was named Vice President, Finance for Yoplait. Bruce reassumed his role as Vice President, Treasurer from 2012 until 2014 when he was named Vice President, Finance for Convenience Stores & Foodservice. He served in that role until he was named Vice President, Controller.

Bruce earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

John R. Church, Chief Supply Chain Officer

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University of Wisconsin, bachelor's degree

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Cereal Partners Worldwide
Yoplait S.A.
Allina Health

John Church is the Chief Supply Chain 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.

Dana M. McNabb, Group President, EUAU

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University of Ottawa, B.A.

London School of Business, MBA

Dana McNabb is group president of our Europe and Australia (EUAU) segment.

Previously, McNabb was President of the U.S. Cereal Operating Unit, which includes brands like Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Chex, Lucky Charms and Wheaties. She joined the U.S. cereal team in 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing for the Circle of Champions Business Unit. McNabb was promoted to President, U.S. Cereal Operating Unit in 2016. In 2019, in addition to leading Cereal, she served as interim President for the U.S Snacks Operating Unit.

She started with General Mills in the Canadian Division. McNabb’s marketing experience has spanned our major businesses, including Big G cereals, snacks, new products and meals

McNabb has extensive global experience. She worked in Switzerland as Vice President of Global Marketing for Cereal Partners, Worldwide, the General Mills cereal joint venture with Nestle. In this role, she led a comprehensive restructuring of the marketing operations.

McNabb is a graduate of University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s degree. She completed her MBA at the London School of Business.

Jaime Montemayor, Chief Digital and Technology Officer

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ITESM (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico), Bachelor of Science degree, 1984

Stanford University, Master of Science in Computer Science, 1988

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Northwestern Mutual

Jaime Montemayor is chief digital and technology officer for General Mills. He has oversight for the IT and Technology Solutions teams and is responsible for leading General Mills digital transformation efforts, including new capabilities that will advance innovation and speed to market. Montemayor joined General Mills with over 20 years of experience in the technology space, having held leadership positions at 7-Eleven and PepsiCo.

During his time with PepsiCo, Montemayor led multiple IT-enabled business transformations, spearheaded the development of the analytics-at-scale strategy and deployed innovative capabilities to better prepare the company for future retail and consumer trends. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer, Digital Innovation, Data and Analytics where he was responsible for the enterprise commercial, innovation and data and analytics teams.

Montemayor’s career has been global and multicultural with a focus on developing talent and building strong teams across many geographies including North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

A graduate of ITESM (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico), Montemayor began his technology career at Oracle Corporation, before holding leadership roles at Booz Allen & Hamilton and PepsiCo. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1988 and serves on the board of trustees for Northwestern Mutual.

Jonathon J. Nudi, Group President, North America Retail

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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.

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

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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. 

Ivan Pollard, Chief Marketing Officer

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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.

Bethany C. Quam, Group President, Pet

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Indiana University, B.A.

University of Minnesota, MBA

Boards

Network of Executive Women

Women in Foodservice Forum

Bethany Quam is the Group President of General Mills Pet Segment. The Pet segment includes Blue Buffalo, the leading Natural Pet Food brand in the United States. The brand has been part of General Mills since 2018.

Blue Buffalo started with a promise made to a lovable Airedale named Blue who struggled with cancer, the leading cause of death in dogs. His family wanted to feed him the best food possible, so they searched for something with high-quality ingredients, but decided they could create something even better – a natural pet food with healthy ingredients, real meat first, and some of the highest standards in the industry. That promise to “Love them Like Family. Feed them Like Family” is the guiding purpose of Blue Buffalo.

Bethany assumed this role in 2019 as Billy Bishop, who founded the brand with his dad Bill and brother Chris, moved to the role of Founder and Brand Advisor. 

Prior to Pet, Bethany drove growth for General Mills with some of the largest retailers in the U.S. while leading expansion into new channels such as e-commerce, natural and organic, and discounters. As head of General Mills’ Convenience & Foodservice business segment, she drove record results and as Group President of General Mills’ Europe and Australia business segment she led General Mills’ Consumer First mission in more than 25 countries with a strong focus on global brands: Yoplait yogurt, Nature Valley bars, Old El Paso Mexican and Häagen-Dazs ice cream. 

Bethany joined General Mills in 1993 in a finance role and often refers to her time with the company as multiple careers within a career. From cross-functional moves, to moves half-way around the world, she has always pursued new and challenging opportunities to drive both personal and professional growth for herself and her teams. She speaks often about growth mindset, including sharing her personal growth story on Whitney Johnson’s Disrupt Yourself Podcast and LeanIn.org. 

Bethany received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. She shares time between Connecticut and Minnesota with her husband, Jess, two daughters, McKenna and Sadie, and her 6-year-old Cavachon, Teddy.

Sean N. Walker, Group President, Asia & Latin America

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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.

Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll, Chief Human Resources Officer

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

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University of Minnesota Foundation Trustees, HR Committee Chair

Human Resources Policy Association

Carlson School HR Advisory Council

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.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and Master’s degree from University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. She serves on the board of the University of Minnesota Foundation as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and she is on the board of the Human Resources Policy Association. She also serves as a member of the Carlson School HR Advisory Council.