General Mills’ North American Foodservice Exec to Retire

Feb. 12, 2024
Shawn O’Grady, group president, North America Foodservice operating unit, will step away early this summer, and his role will be absorbed by Jon Nudi, group president of Pet and International.

General Mills has announced that Shawn O’Grady, group president, North America Foodservice (NAF), will retire early this summer after more than 35 years with the company, a release from General Mills said.

Until his retirement, O’Grady will move into a senior advisor role, and effective Feb. 16, Jon Nudi, group president, Pet and International, will add NAF to his oversight. Meanwhile, Pankaj Sharma, president, U.S. Meals & Baking Solutions operating unit, will become president, NAF, and will report to Nudi in the role.

Sharma joined General Mills in 2014, and in his current role, he oversees a division that serves 85% of U.S. families, the company’s release said. Sharma previously served as president of the U.S. Retail Yogurt operating unit and also vice president of marketing for Europe & Australia for General Mills.

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Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.