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.