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General Mills Senior Executive O’Grady To Retire

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General Mills announced that Shawn O’Grady, group president of North America Foodservice, plans to retire and Jon Nudi, currently group president of pet and international, has added NAF to his oversight, effective Feb. 16.

O’Grady will move into a senior advisor role until his retirement early this summer.

Pankaj Sharma, president of U.S. meals and baking solutions operating unit, will be promoted to segment president of NAF. Sharma will report to Nudi and join the General Mills senior leadership team.

“Shawn has been a tremendous asset to General Mills over the past 35 years, most recently leading our North America Foodservice business through the pandemic to significant growth for the enterprise,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO, General Mills. 

“Shawn’s enthusiasm for his team and General Mills consumers is truly unmatched, and he and his leadership will be missed.”

Sharma joined General Mills in 2014. The U.S. meals and baking solutions operating unit comprises several brands, including Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Betty Crocker, Annie’s and Progresso. 

He previously served as president of the U.S. yogurt operating unit and VP of marketing for the Europe and Australia segment, based in Nyon, Switzerland.

“Jon overseeing NAF, as well as pet and international, will drive further operational agility for our business,” Harmening said. 

“And I’m thrilled to have Pankaj, who has a history of delivering strong business results in a variety of operating environments, join our senior leadership team.”

About General Mills

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, General Mills’ portfolio of brands includes Cheerios, Nature Valley, Blue Buffalo, Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Totino’s, Annie’s, Wanchai Ferry and Yoki. 

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