John R. Church

Chief Supply Chain Officer

  • Education

    University of Wisconsin, bachelor's degree
  • Boards

    Cereal Partners Worldwide
    Yoplait S.A.

John Church is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at General Mills with global accountability for Procurement, Logistics, Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Security and Global Shared Services.

John 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 in research and development and manufacturing, including plant manager at the company’s largest cereal and snacks facility.

In 2001, John led the successful integration of the Pillsbury and General Mills manufacturing and logistics networks. He was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in 2003, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations in 2007. Church has been Chief Supply Chain Officer since 2008. In 2017 global shared services and security was added to his responsibilities.  

John serves as the lead director for the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestle, and as lead director for the supervisory board of Yoplait, S. A., a joint venture with Groupe Sodiaal. 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 resides in Orono, MN with his wife Klerissa, and has four children.