Vice President for Human Resources & Administration

Michael A. PeelMichael A. Peel

Previously, Peel served as Executive Vice President of General Mills, Inc. He joined General Mills in September 1991 as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Human Resources. During his 17 years with the company, his responsibilities were continually broadened to include more administrative activities. He was named Executive Vice President in 2007 with responsibility for worldwide human resources, global business services, real estate/facilities, health services, safety, environmental compliance, and travel. He is also a trustee of the General Mills Foundation. Under Peel’s leadership, General Mills has been listed six times since 1997 on Fortune’s list of "100 Best Companies to Work For." Prior to joining General Mills, Peel spent 14 years with PepsiCo, Inc., including serving as Senior Vice President for Human Resources for PepsiCo Worldwide Foods (1987 - 1991) and Senior Vice President for Human Resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group (1984 - 1987).

Peel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from James Madison University in 1971 and earned an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School in 1983. He is a member of the board of directors and vice chair of the Human Resources Policy Association, the largest association of Chief Human Resources Officers from major multi-national corporations. He is also a member of the board of directors and chair of the Management Development & Compensation Committee of the Select Comfort Corporation, and he is on the board of directors and an officer of the Walker Art Center. He served as a member of the President’s University Council Committee on Workplace Diversity at Yale from 2005 to 2007. In 2002, Peel was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest honor in the human resources profession; he was elected to the National Academy of Human Resources’ Board of Directors in 2005, and is currently secretary/treasurer.

Last Updated: November 19, 2008 (vm).