General Mills Chairman and CEO Ken Powell will present to a sold-out audience at the next Carlson School of Management "1st Tuesday Speaker Series" on April 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at McNamara Alumni Center.
General Mills, the world's sixth-largest food company, produces and markets leading brands like Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Nature Valley and more. Powell joined General Mills in 1979 and has spent more than a third of his career working internationally. In 1990, he helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) in Lausanne, Switzerland, General Mills' joint venture with Nestlé.
Powell returned to the United States in 1996 to become president of Yoplait USA, and was named president of the General Mills' Big G cereal division in 1997. Powell journeyed to Switzerland in 1999 to assume the role of chief executive officer of CPW, and helped grow the joint venture into a $2 billion global cereal business marketing in more than 130 countries around the world. He was elected chief executive officer of General Mills in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008.
Powell serves on the board of directors for General Mills, Medtronic, the Consumer Goods Forum, Greater MSP, the University of Minnesota Foundation, and the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide. He is the board chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and a member of Minnesota Business Partnership, the Business Council, and the Business Roundtable.
Powell holds a BA in biology from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford University.
About the Carlson School of Management's 1st Tuesday Speaker Series
The Carlson School of Management's "1st Tuesday Speaker Series" began in 1992 to provide an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Carlson School to continue their management education. The series features top-notch executives addressing hot topics in business and leadership. Held on the first Tuesday of every month, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community, and has become an attractive spot for professionals in the metropolitan area to network.