Leadership biographies

Ken Powell

Kendall J. Powell*

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Ken Powell is chairman and chief executive officer of General Mills, which as one of the world's largest food companies produces and markets leading brands such as Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Nature Valley and Yoplait.

Education
Harvard, bachelor's degree, 1976
Stanford, MBA,1979

Boards
Cereal Partners Worldwide
Consumer Good Forum
Grocery Manufacturers of America
Medtronic
Minnesota Business Partnership (president)
Minnesota Early Learning Foundation
Twin Cities United Way

Powell joined General Mills in 1979 and progressed through various positions in the company.

He has spent more than a third of his career outside the United States, and in 1990 helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) – the company’s joint venture with Nestlé based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1996, he returned to the United States to become president of Yoplait USA, and was named president of the General Mills Big G cereal division in 1997.

Powell returned to Switzerland in 1999 to become chief executive officer of CPW, helping grow the joint venture into what is now a $2 billion global cereal business marketing in more than 130 countries around the world.

In 2006, Powell was elected president and chief operating officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility for the company. He was elected chief executive officer in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008.

General Mills is regularly listed among the world’s leading businesses. In 2012, for example, General Mills was named America's Most Reputable Company by Forbes magazine.

* member of senior leadership team

 
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Kendall J. Powell
Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Mark W. Addicks
Senior Vice President; Chief Marketing Officer

Y. Marc Belton
Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Growth and Marketing Innovation

Kofi Bruce
Vice President, Treasurer

Gary Chu
Senior Vice President; President, Greater China

Juliana L. Chugg
Senior Vice President; President, Meals

David Clark
Vice President, Häagen-Dazs

John Church
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Michael L. Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

David E. Dudick Sr.
Senior Vice President; President, U.S. Channels Sales

Peter Erickson
Executive Vice President, Innovation, Technology and Quality

Ian R. Friendly
Executive Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Retail

Olivier Faujour
Vice President; President, Yoplait International

Jeffrey L. Harmening
Senior Vice President; President, Big G cereals

David P. Homer
Senior Vice President; President, General Mills Canada

Christina Law
Vice President; President, Asia, Middle East and Africa region

Luis Gabriel Merizalde
Senior Vice President; President, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Michele S. Meyer
Vice President; President, Small Planet Foods

Donal L. Mulligan
Executive Vice President; Chief Financial Officer

James H. Murphy
Senior Vice President, President Big G Cereals

Kimberly A. Nelson
Senior Vice President, External Relations; President, General Mills Foundation

Jonathon J. Nudi
Vice President; President, Snacks

Rebecca L. O'Grady
Vice President; President, Yoplait USA

Shawn P. O'Grady
Senior Vice President; President, Sales and Channel Development

Christopher D. O'Leary
Executive Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, International

Roderick A. Palmore
Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, and Secretary

Ann W.H. Simonds
Senior Vice President; President, Baking Products

Anton Vincent
Vice President; President, Frozen Foods

Sean N. Walker
Senior Vice President; President, Latin America

Kristen Wenker
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Keith A. Woodward
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Jerry Young
Vice President, Controller