Leadership biographies

Ian Friendly

Ian R. Friendly *

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

Ian Friendly became executive vice president, chief operating officer for U.S. Retail at General Mills in June 2006.

He has corporate oversight of the Baking Products, Big G, Meals, Pillsbury USA, Small Planet Foods, Snacks, and Yoplait divisions.


Queen's University, bachelor's degree, 1983

Queen's University School of Business Advisory Board

Minnesota Public Radio

The Valspar Corporation

Cereal Partners Worldwide

Friendly brings to his current executive position extensive experience in the cereal business – both internationally and in the United States.

Previously as president and chief operating officer of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) – General Mills’ joint venture with Nestlé – he was responsible for a billion-dollar-plus global cereal business that distributes to more than 130 countries outside of North America.

Friendly began his career in 1983 as a marketing assistant with General Mills Canada. A year later he moved to the U.S. cereal business. Over the next decade Friendly held progressively broader marketing assignments in the Big G and Betty Crocker divisions.

From 1994 to 1998, he served as vice president of CPW where he led expansion throughout Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

He was named president of Yoplait-Colombo in 1998. In the four years under his leadership, the yogurt business achieved extraordinary growth, and Yoplait became the No. 1 selling yogurt in the United States.

Friendly served as president of the Big G division from 2002 to 2004, home to General Mills’ large U.S. cereal business, which has a portfolio of consumer favorites that include Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Wheaties, before being named president and CEO of CPW in 2004. 

* member of senior leadership team


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

Mark W. Addicks
Senior Vice President; Chief Marketing Officer

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

Kofi Bruce
Vice President, Treasurer

Gary Chu
Senior Vice President; President, Greater China

Juliana L. Chugg
Senior Vice President; President, Meals

David Clark
Vice President, Häagen-Dazs

John Church
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

Michael L. Davis
Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

David E. Dudick Sr.
Senior Vice President; President, U.S. Channels Sales

Peter Erickson
Executive Vice President, Innovation, Technology and Quality

Ian R. Friendly
Executive Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Retail

Olivier Faujour
Vice President; President, Yoplait International

Jeffrey L. Harmening
Senior Vice President; President, Big G cereals

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

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

Luis Gabriel Merizalde
Senior Vice President; President, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Michele S. Meyer
Vice President; President, Small Planet Foods

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

Jonathon J. Nudi
Vice President; President, Snacks

Rebecca L. O'Grady
Vice President; President, Yoplait USA

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

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

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

Ann W.H. Simonds
Senior Vice President; President, Baking Products

Anton Vincent
Vice President; President, Frozen Foods

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

Kristen Wenker
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Keith A. Woodward
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Jerry Young
Vice President, Controller