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Nov 13, 2014

General Mills named one of the 2014 Aon Hewitt top companies for leaders


Comprehensive study recognizes companies with best-in-class talent management practices

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota –  General Mills today announced it has been named by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), to the list of 2014 Global Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders.

“It’s important to invest in and support leaders at all levels of the company to help them become their best,” said Kevin Wilde, vice president and chief learning officer. “Great talent, innovative thinkers, and individuals who are willing to lean into their jobs are and will continue to be at the center of our success as company.”

Conducted since 2001, the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders study is a comprehensive, longitudinal analysis of talent management and leadership practices of organizations around the world. This year's winners were selected and ranked by an expert panel of independent judges based on a number of criteria, including strength of leadership practices and culture, examples of leader development on a global scale, alignment of business and leadership strategy, company reputation, business and financial performance.

“In today’s complex and unpredictable business landscape, Top Companies for Leaders are passionate about cultivating resilient and engaging leaders who take the time to know and develop their talent and understand what experiences they need to rise above the rest,” said Pete Sanborn, Global Talent practice leader. “We congratulate General Mills on being among a select group of organizations that excel at building and growing a strong leadership environment.”

With more than 1,500 data points and more than 300 executive interviews, the 2014 Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders study is the most comprehensive, global research on leadership in the market, examining the link between leadership practices and financial results.  The study explores how organizations assess, select, develop, and reward leaders, and examines the execution of leadership practices, as well as the strategy that guides it.

The full list of Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders

Shannon Heine
General Mills

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2014 worldwide sales of US $17.9 billion.