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Sep 06, 2017

General Mills announces retirement of Kim Nelson, senior vice president, External Relations


MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota - General Mills today announced that Kim Nelson, senior vice president, External Relations and president of the General Mills Foundation, will be retiring at the end of 2017. Nelson has been with the company for 29 years and most recently has had responsibility for the General Mills Foundation, Sustainability, Global Corporate Communications, Government Affairs and Public Policy, and Consumer Relations functions.

“I want to thank Kim for her wisdom, judgment and perspective in helping us navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain external environment, and for everything she has done to represent General Mills with all our stakeholders,” said Jeff Harmening, General Mills chief executive officer. 
Nelson has been a corporate officer since 2000 and was named senior vice president of External Relations in 2010. Prior to her role leading External Relations, Kim served as president of the U.S. Snacks division and spent 22 years in operating roles leading a variety of brands including Cheerios, Wheaties, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Old El Paso and Chex Mix.

To embed their important expertise more deeply into the business, the key External Relations functional leaders will report into other members of the global senior leadership team and Nelson’s role will not be replaced at this time.  

  • Jerry Lynch, chief sustainability officer, will become part of the Supply Chain organization reporting to John Church, executive vice president of Supply Chain.
  • Mary Lynn Carver, chief communications officer, will report in through Ivan Pollard, chief marketing officer.
  • Government Affairs and Public Policy/External Relations cice presidents Mary Catherine Toker and Sylvie Galliaerde will report to Richard Allendorf, general counsel and secretary.
  • Mary Jane Melendez, executive director of the General Mills Foundation, will report to Jacqueline Williams-Roll, chief human resources officer. 

Rob Litt
Media Relations

About General Mills
General Mills is a leading global food company that serves the world by making food people love. Its brands include Cheerios, Annie’s, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2016 worldwide sales of US $17.6 billion, including the company’s US $1.0 billion proportionate share of joint-venture net sales.