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General Mills Makes Leadership Changes

Jon Nudi
Jon Nudi

General Mills has made two new senior leadership appointments.

Jon Nudi has been named SVP and president of U.S. Retail, one of the company’s three operating segments. The U.S. Retail role previously was held by Jeff Harmening, who was promoted in June to president and COO of General Mills. Nudi most recently has 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, the company says. Nudi holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University.

Bethany Quam
Bethany Quam

Replacing Nudi in Europe will be Bethany Quam, who has been promoted to SVP and president, Europe and Australasia region. Quam most recently was 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 Harmening. “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, according to the company. Quam holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

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