As Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, John Church has responsibility for worldwide sourcing, product logistics, manufacturing and global engineering. He assumed this position in 2013 after joining General Mills in 1988 as a product developer in the Big G cereal division.
John led several new product initiatives including the development and commercialisation of MultiGrain Cheerios in 1991.
John transferred into manufacturing in 1993 and held leadership roles before becoming plant manager of the Covington, Georgia plant in 1998. He returned to Minneapolis in 2001 as Director of Operations, Integration, where he led the successful integration of the manufacturing and logistics networks of The Pillsbury Company and General Mills. He was named Vice President, Engineering in 2003 and Senior Vice President of Supply Chain in 2008.
John represents General Mills as a board member for Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture with Nestlé, S.A. He is also a board member of the Courage Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the advancement of individuals with disabilities.