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General Mills Legal Chief Richard Allendorf to Retire in August

Jan. 27, 2022, 8:08 PM

General Mills Inc.’s general counsel and senior vice president Richard Allendorf will retire in August, the company behind food brands like Cheerios and Pillsbury said Thursday.

Allendorf joined Minneapolis-based General Mills in 1998 and became deputy general counsel in 2012, according to the statement. The company did not immediately name a new general counsel.

“Richard’s leadership throughout his tenure has helped position General Mills for success. I’m grateful for his contributions to General Mills during his 23 years and wish him well in his retirement,” General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening said in the statement.

General Mills reported more than $2.3 billion in net income last year, according to an annual disclosure. The company’s food brands also include Nature Valley, Blue Buffalo, Häagen-Dazs, Betty Crocker, and Yoplait.

In November, General Mills considered a $3 billion selloff of brands like Progresso soup and Hamburger Helper. The company earlier in the year also considered selling a majority stake in its Yoplait yogurt business to a French dairy company.

Allendorf began his tenure with General Mills supporting the company’s U.S. retail business and consumer food sales, the statement said. He currently oversees the legal department, external and government relations, and global security.

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