General Mills Announces Leadership Changes in Pet, International Segments

The CPG company said changes will further advance the company’s Accelerate strategy.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

December 11, 2023

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The company is focusing on the two areas of growth.Image courtesy of General Mills

General Mills has announced several changes to its senior leadership team to further advance the company’s enterprise strategy, Accelerate.

Two new appointments are in its pet and international segments, the largest growth areas for the company, General Mills stated:

Jon Nudi, previously group president of North America Retail, was appointed group president, Pet and International. Since 2016, Nudi has been group president, North America Retail. Under Nudi’s leadership, NAR significantly accelerated its growth in organic net sales and segment operating profit, while driving consistent market share gains across its priority businesses.

Ricardo Fernandez was promoted to segment president, International. He previously served as president of US Morning Foods since 2021, where he expanded the company's leadership in its US cereal category. Fernandez will report to Nudi.

Additional leadership role changes include:

  • Dana McNabb, group president, North America Retail, General Mills’ largest and most profitable segment. Since 2021, McNabb has held the role of chief strategy and growth officer. Earlier, McNabb served as group president, Europe & Australia segment, as well as president of the US Cereal operating unit.

  • Bethany Quam, president, US Morning Foods, will join the NAR leadership team, reporting to McNabb. Since 2019, Quam has served as group president, Pet, and led the segment to double-digit compound annual top and bottom-line growth.

  • Kofi Bruce, chief financial officer, will oversee the Strategy and Growth organization on an interim basis while the company conducts an external search for a new chief strategy and growth officer.

All senior leadership changes are effective Jan. 1, 2024.

"We are making these strategic changes to best position General Mills for today’s dynamic landscape,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO, General Mills. “These moves enable us to best match our deep bench of senior talent to fast-growing and important consumer areas and occasions. I am confident this will help us advance our next chapter in our Accelerate enterprise strategy.”

General Mills also shared that Sean Walker, the current group president, International, will retire after more than three decades of service, effective Feb. 28, 2024.

In early November, the CPG giant acquired Fera Pets Inc., a pet supplement company.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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