Senior Vice President, President, Sales & Channel Development, General Mills
As senior vice president, Shawn O’Grady leads the function responsible for all U.S. retail and food service sales of General Mills consumer foods products.
His organization is focused on leading profitable growth by creating differentiated customer solutions for grocery, channel and ecommerce customers. His team’s responsibilities include in-store execution, trade funding strategy and the development and deployment of industry-leading sales capabilities. He also has general management responsibility for General Mill’s $2B convenience and food service business. He was named to his current position in May 2010. Shawn joined General Mills in the marketing organization in July 1990.
He was promoted to vice president in 1998, and concurrent with the General Mills acquisition of The Pillsbury Company in 2001, took the helm of the Refrigerated Baked Goods business. Late in 2004, Shawn joined General Mills’ Consumer Foods Sales division, progressing to his most recent role as president of the Sales division with responsibility for all grocery customers.
Prior to joining General Mills, he worked two years as a chemical engineer for Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Shawn graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the boards of Feeding America, Second Harvest Heartland and the General Mills Foundation.