As chairman and CEO of General Mills, Ken Powell leads one of the world’s largest food companies. General Mills produces and markets leading brands such as Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Nature Valley, Annie’s, and more. Powell 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, he helped launch Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), the company’s joint venture with Nestlé, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2006, Powell was elected president and chief operating officer of General Mills with overall global operating responsibility for the company. He was elected CEO in September 2007 and chairman in May 2008.
With more than 20 years in the consulting field, Eric Olson leads BSR's global consulting practice to deliver successful sustainability strategies that boost the bottom line for companies while benefiting the world. In addition to advising the CEOs and senior teams of several global companies, Olson directs BSR’s work on the Future of Energy, as well as the Center for Sustainable Procurement. Prior to joining BSR, he worked with the Natural Step, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group and was a Partner and Founding Member of the global consultancy Mitchell Madison Group.
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