Lanette Shaffer Werner, who joined General Mills as a research and development intern in 1995, on June 1 will become the company’s Chief Innovation, Technology and Quality Officer. She replaces Jodi Benson, who is retiring after 32 years with company.
“Lanette has a proven track record of valued contributions, technical experience and engaging leadership, and I’m confident she will advance our pursuit of innovation across General Mills,” said Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Jodi for her 32 years of contributions to General Mills and our portfolio of beloved brands,” he continued. “She is known across the company as a thought leader and a champion of our consumer above all else, and I wish her well in her retirement.”
Shaffer Werner most recently served as vice president, ITQ, Meals & Baking Solutions. She has held a variety of research and development roles in Frozen Desserts and Pillsbury, in addition to experiences in ingredient technology and strategy and innovation. She started with General Mills as a research and development intern, supporting Häagen-Dazs, in 1995.