former Senior Vice President of External Relations, General Mills
Kim Nelson is a recently retired senior executive with nearly 30 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Her most recent role was as Senior Vice President of External Relations of General Mills, a role in which she reported to the CEO as a member of the company’s Senior Executive Committee. In this global role Kim had functional accountability for Consumer Relations, Issue and Crisis Management, Corporate Communications, Sustainability Philanthropy and Government and Industry Relations.
Prior to Kim’s role leading External Relations, she spent 23 years in operating roles in Marketing at General Mills, including serving as President of the $1.2B General Mills Snack Food Division where she drove double digit sales and profit growth annually from 2005 to 2010. In prior assignments, Kim led businesses such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Mexican dinners, Chex Mix and Bugles, earning a reputation as a business innovator and strong developer of talent. Kim was the co-founder of the Women-In-Marketing Network and a founding member of the Black Champions Network at General Mills.
Kim is an active member of the Twin Cities community where she has focused on improving education outcomes in communities of color. She is a board member of the Northside Achievement Zone, a member of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Advisory Council, and a member of the African American Leadership Forum.
Kim was the founding co-chair of Generation Next, a collaborative focused on closing educational opportunity gaps and of the Midwest chapter of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), an organization focused on the development and advancement of women within the packaged food industry. Kim has also served on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation board, the YWCA-Minneapolis board (Board President), the Partners in Food Solutions board and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation board.
Kim received her MBA from Columbia Business School in 1988 and a BS in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1984.