General Mills Inc. recently announced some management changes.
The company promoted Greg Schlafer to vice president, general manager of the General Mills bakeries and foodservice division. Schlafer will now have accountability for all sales and marketing activities across the division's business organizations including foodservice, convenience, in-store bakery, bakery ingredients/wholesale flour and restaurants.
Schlafer most recently held the position of vice president, general manager, for the division's bakeries and restaurant solutions business. He started his career with General Mills in 1991 as a distribution management assistant at General Mills Vernon, Calif., flour mill, before moving into numerous sales positions within its bakery channels business before being promoted to director in 2003.
Within the industry, Schlafer serves as vice chair of the North American Millers Association and is a board member of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. He received his bachelor's in management from the University of Minnesota and his master's in strategic management from University of California, Los Angeles.
General Mills has also appointed Sheila Gallagher to vice president of sales and business development within the company's bakeries and foodservice division. This is an expansion of her current sales leadership role where she oversees all field sales, planning and operations for the foodservice and convenience organizations within the division. Gallagher joined General Mills in 1987 as a sales representative in the Pacific Northwest and has held various sales, marketing and finance positions of increasing responsibility since that time. She earned her bachelor's in English from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.
In addition, Joe Ens was promoted to vice president, marketing, General Mills Foodservice. Ens will lead all marketing activities for General Mills foodservice and General Mills convenience organizations within the division. Ens joined General Mills in Canada in 1996 as an associate marketing manager and has held a variety of marketing positions of increasing responsibility including marketing manager for the snacks division and marketing director for General Mills Big G division. Ens joined bakeries and foodservice in 2009 as foodservice marketing director. He earned a bachelor's in business administration from University of Western Ontario and an MBA from York University.