Kim Nelson

Senior Vice President, External Relations
President, General Mills Foundation

General Mills

Kim Nelson is senior vice president, external relations at General Mills and president of the General Mills Foundation. She oversees the company’s relationships with key external constituencies, including policy makers, industry associations, NGOs and the media. Nelson is responsible for the company’s global corporate communications, government relations, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, philanthropy and volunteerism. She previously served as president of General Mills’ snacks division, where she was responsible for the growth of brands such as Nature Valley, Fiber One, Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Bugles and Chex Mix. Nelson’s 27-year-career in marketing includes leadership roles on major brands such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Yoplait, Hamburger Helper and Old El Paso. She was a founding member of General Mills’ Black Champions Network and the Women in Marketing Network. In the Twin Cities, Nelson co-chairs the Generation Next Partnership and serves on the boards of the Northside Achievement Zone and African American Leadership Council. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the National Executive Women's Network. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master of business administration degree from Columbia University.