Leadership biographies

Jeff Harmening

Jeffrey L. Harmening *

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

As chief operating officer of U.S. retail, Jeff Harmening has corporate oversight of the Baking Products, Big G, Meals, Pillsbury USA, Small Planet Foods, Snacks, and Yoplait divisions

Previoulsy, Harmening was CEO of Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) – General Mills’ joint venture with Nestlé. In that role he was responsible for a nearly $2 billion global cereal business which distributes to more than 130 countries outside of North America.


DePauw University, bachelor's degree, 1989

Harvard University, MBA, 1994

He began oversight of CPW in July of 2012. 

Harmening was named president of General Mills’ Big G cereal division in June 2007. Before that, he served as vice president of marketing for CPW, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. In that role, Harmening led CPW’s marketing strategy and activity in markets worldwide.

He was promoted to vice president of the company while at CPW in 2004, and promoted to senior vice president effective April 1, 2011, when he served as president of Big G cereals. 

Prior to his marketing role with CPW, Harmening led Big G New Enterprises, where he successfully launched Berry Burst Cheerios.

Harmening began his career at General Mills in 1994. Since that time, he has served in various marketing roles in the Betty Crocker, Yoplait USA and Big G divisions.

Harmening was promoted to marketing director in 2000, and held marketing director leadership roles in Big G New Enterprises and Foodservice New Business.


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

Richard Allendorf
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

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

Gary Chu
Senior Vice President; President, Greater China

John Church
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain

David Clark
Vice President; President, Yoplait USA

David E. Dudick Sr.
Senior Vice President; President, General Mills Canada

Peter Erickson
Executive Vice President, Innovation, Technology and Quality

Olivier Faujour
Vice President; President, Yoplait International

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

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

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

Michele S. Meyer
Sr. Vice President; President, Meals

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

Elizabeth Nordlie
Vice President; President, Baked Goods

Jonathon J. Nudi
Senior Vice President; President, Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Rebecca L. O'Grady
Vice President; President, Häagen-Dazs

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

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

Bethany C. Quam
Vice President; President, Convenience & Foodservice

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

Ann W.H. Simonds
Senior Vice President; Chief Marketing Officer

Anton Vincent
Vice President; President, Snacks

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

Jacqueline R. Williams-Roll
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources Operations

Kristen Wenker
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Keith A. Woodward
Senior Vice President; Financial Operations

Jerry Young
Vice President, Controller