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Kendall J. Powell

General Mills

Ken Powell is Chairman of the Board of General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies. Ken joined General Mills in 1979 and progressed through a variety of positions in the company. He has spent more than a third of his career overseas, and in 1990 helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) ¬– the company’s joint venture with Nestlé based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2006, Ken was elected president and chief operating officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility. He was elected chief executive officer of General Mills in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008. Ken stepped down as CEO in June 2017, but continues as Chairman of the Board. Powell serves on the board of directors for General Mills, Medtronic, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Greater MSP, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Minnesota Business Partnership. He is a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Minnesota. Ken earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Harvard in 1976 and his MBA from Stanford University in 1979.