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Aug 30, 2016

General Mills announces leadership changes in U.S. Retail and Europe-Australasia businesses


MINNEAPOLIS – General Mills (NYSE: GIS) today announced two new senior leadership appointments. Jon Nudi has been named Senior Vice President; President, U.S. Retail, one of the company’s three operating segments. The U.S. Retail role was previously held by Jeff Harmening who was promoted in June to President and Chief Operating Officer of General Mills. Nudi has most recently been located in Europe running the Europe-Australasia business for General Mills.

Nudi joined General Mills in 1993 and has held a number of roles within the company including serving as the President of the U.S. Snacks division. Under Nudi’s leadership the division experienced both sales and profit growth. Most recently, Nudi has served as head of the company’s Europe-Australasia region where he has delivered outstanding performance including profit growth and top line sales growth. Nudi holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Replacing Nudi in Europe will be Bethany Quam who has been promoted to Senior Vice President; President, Europe-Australasia region. Quam was most recently head of the Convenience and Foodservice operating segment, responsible for U.S. away-from-home sales and marketing.

“Jon and Bethany are exceptional leaders who know General Mills well and have led successful change efforts for us the last two years,” said Jeff Harmening, President, and Chief Operating Officer of General Mills. “They both bring a unique blend of consumer, customer, and channel knowledge to their new roles, and a strong track record of innovation.”

Quam is a 23-year veteran of General Mills who has held roles in finance, sales, strategic planning, and marketing. As the head of Convenience and Foodservice, Quam significantly reshaped the operating unit around the “Focus 6” platforms and led the segment to record sales and profit growth the last two years. Quam holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.


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.