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General Mills to cut 400 to 600 jobs globally

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General Mills’ new global organisational structure is expected to impact 400 to 600 positions worldwide.

According to a company statement, in order to support growth and drive greater efficiency, the U.S.-based food company has announced a new global restructuring which will streamline the company’s leadership, maximise global scale, and increase operational agility.

The company currently has 112 offices globally including business offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore, and Hong Kong.

In response to Human Resources‘ query about the countries affected, a General Mills spokesperson said: “The restructuring is expected to impact between 400 to 600 positions globally, subject to consultation with employees and employee representatives in locations as required. We don’t have further details to share.”

As part of the new structure, one of the positions eliminated is the international chief operating officer position. With effect from 1 January 2017, the company’s four business groups will report directly to Jeff Harmening, president and chief operating officer, who has assumed global operations responsibilities reporting to chairman and CEO Ken Powell.

The business groups are North America Retail (U.S. Retail and Canada) led by Jon Nudi; Europe and Australia led by Bethany Quam; Asia and Latin America led by Christina Law; and Convenience Stores and Foodservice led by Shawn O’Grady.

“As we wrap up our 150th anniversary year, we are ready to take the next step in our journey to truly operate as a global company and fully resource our best ideas to drive growth,” Ken Powell, chairman and CEO said.

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Additionally, the company will be aligning its current dairy strategic brand unit (SBU) to this new global organisation structure.

The dairy SBU, based in France and led by Olivier Faujour, will report to Harmening and will work with the group presidents to explore further opportunities to drive growth and innovation for the dairy platform globally.

The company will also enhance its growth capabilities in several areas including strategic revenue management (SRM), e-commerce, and marketing innovation, and intends to augment its current talent with external expertise in these areas over the next several months.

The new global revenue development group, which includes SRM and e-commerce, will report to Shawn O’Grady, group president convenience stores and foodservice and SVP, global revenue development.

The global restructuring also saw General Mills’ CMO for two years Ann Simonds exit. The company intends to name a new global CMO/marketing innovation leader, who will report to Harmening.

Global operations functions including innovation, technology and quality (ITQ) and supply chain will continue to report to Harmening while global corporate functions including finance, legal, human resources, and external relations will continue to report to Powell.

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