One can only imagine the mark that someone can make on a company in the span of 34 years. Following a long and successful career with the popular provider, it was recently announced that John Church, Chief Transformation and Enterprise Services Officer at General Mills, will retire from the company.
Church is a long-time senior executive of the company. According to the company’s release, he joined the specialty supplier in 1988 as a product developer. Currently, Church leads large-scale transformation efforts associated with General Mills’ Accelerate strategy. He plans on retiring next year on January 31.
As a product developer, Church led several new product launches including Multi-Grain Cheerios and Trix shapes. Prior to occupying the role of Chief Transformation and Enterprise Services Officer, Church also served as Chief Supply Chain Officer for 13 years, where he oversaw procurement, logistics, manufacturing, engineering, and human safety on a global scale. In 2017, corporate social responsibility, security, and global shared services were added to his domain.
Church played a critical role in the integration of the Pillsbury and General Mills manufacturing logistics network, as well as the European Yoplait divestiture. He currently serves as the lead Director for the supervisory board of Cereal Partners Worldwide, General Mills’ joint venture with Nestlé.
Church is honored for increasing diversity across the General Mills operation, and also currently serves as the executive sponsor of the company’s Hispanic Employee Network.
“While he spent much of his career leading our supply chain efforts, John’s significant contributions are evident throughout our organization,” said Jeff Harmening, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Mills. “His true legacy is the innumerable employees he’s managed and mentored, many into senior leaders themselves. John is the embodiment of servant leadership. He leads by creating a compelling vision, fostering a team-first culture, and guiding with great humility.”
Congratulations to John Church on such a successful tenure, and the next step in his admirable career!