Board of Director: Shawn P. O'Grady
Shawn P. O'Grady
General Mills — Sr. Vice President, President, Sales & Channel Development
As senior vice president, Shawn leads the function responsible for all U.S. retail sales of General Mills consumer foods products. His organization is focused on leading profitable growth by creating differentiated customer solutions for both grocery and channel customers. His team’s responsibilities include in-store execution, trade funding strategy and the development and deployment of industry-leading sales capabilities. Shawn was named to his current position in August 2010 after joining General Mills in the marketing organization in July 1990.
Shawn has held positions across the Snacks, Meals and Big G cereal divisions. Most noteworthy was his work on Wheaties, which he led during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame and a MBA from the Harvard Business School.