Leadership biographies

Rick Palmore

Roderick A. Palmore*

Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, and Secretary

Rick Palmore is executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance and risk management officer, and secretary of General Mills.


Yale University, BA

University of Chicago Law School, JD

Chicago Board Options Exchange

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

MacPhail School of Music

Palmore joined General Mills in 2008 from Sara Lee Corporation, where he was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Palmore previously was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago, which he joined in 1993. He was a partner with Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon from 1986 to 1993, having joined that firm as an associate in 1982. His prior experience includes work as an assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

Palmore is a director of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Association of General Counsel.

In 2004, Palmore authored "A Call to Action, Diversity in the Legal Profession," urging general counsel to drive diversity by demanding results in the law firms with which they work as well as in their departments. More than 120 prominent general counsel made the commitment, and the initiative developed into a collaboration between general counsel and managing partners - the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, which he chairs.

Palmore received the Corporate Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in 2007, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2006, the Scales of Justice Award from the Equal Justice Works foundation in 2005 and the Excellence in Corporate Practice award from the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2003. 

Palmore also has been recognized by the National Law Journal, Inside Counsel magazine and Corporate Board Member magazine as one of the most influential lawyers in America.

* member of senior leadership team


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

Richard Allendorf
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

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

Gary Chu
Senior Vice President; President, Greater China

John Church
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

David Clark
Vice President; President, Yoplait USA

David E. Dudick Sr.
Senior Vice President; President, General Mills Canada

Peter Erickson
Executive Vice President, Innovation, Technology and Quality

Olivier Faujour
Vice President; President, Yoplait International

Jeffrey L. Harmening
Executive Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Retail

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

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

Michele S. Meyer
Sr. Vice President; President, Meals

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

Elizabeth Nordlie
Vice President; President, Baked Goods

Jonathon J. Nudi
Senior Vice President; President, Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Rebecca L. O'Grady
Vice President; President, Häagen-Dazs

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

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

Bethany C. Quam
Vice President; President, Convenience & Foodservice

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

Ann W.H. Simonds
Senior Vice President; Chief Marketing Officer

Anton Vincent
Vice President; President, Snacks

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

Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources Operations

Kristen Wenker
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Keith A. Woodward
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Jerry Young
Vice President, Controller