General Mills announces senior leadership team changes

Feb. 12, 2024
Long-time senior executive Shawn O’Grady to retire; Pankaj Sharma, currently president of U.S. Meals & Baking Solutions, will be promoted to segment president, North America Foodservice.

General Mills announced the retirement of Shawn O’Grady, group president, North America Foodservice (NAF). To facilitate a smooth transition, O’Grady will move into a senior advisor role until his retirement early this summer. 

Effective February 16, 2024, Jon Nudi, currently group president, Pet and International, will add NAF to his oversight. Pankaj Sharma, currently president, U.S. Meals & Baking Solutions operating unit, will be promoted to segment president, 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,” Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO, General Mills, said in the announcement. “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 and currently is president, U.S. Meals & Baking Solutions, which is comprised of brands including Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Betty Crocker, Annie’s and Progresso. Previously, Sharma served as president, U.S. Retail Yogurt operating unit, and vice president, marketing, 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 continued in the announcement. “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.”