Christine L. Shea

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Christina L. Shea, President

General Mills Community Action and Foundation

Christina L. Shea is president of the General Mills Community Action and Foundation. She oversees the company’s Community Action initiatives, which include the Foundation’s $18.7 million (2001-2002) awarded to education, social service, arts and cultural programs and organizations around the country. Additionally, her responsibilities include corporate contributions, strategic philanthropy programs, direct social investments and employee volunteerism. Total General Mills philanthropy exceeded $75 million (2001-2002).

Before assuming the position in June 2002, Shea was vice president of the General Mills Foundation.

Shea comes to General Mills’ community programs with 25 years of marketing and general management experience. She began her General Mills career in 1977 as a marketing assistant, and since then, her career has spanned the Big G cereal, Yoplait/Colombo, Gold Medal, Snacks and Betty Crocker divisions.

She was president of the Betty Crocker division from 1994 to 1999. For a year after that, she was president of the New Ventures division, leading a multidisciplinary team dedicated to identifying and executing strategies that capitalize on growth opportunities. Shea was named a senior vice president in 1998.

She serves on the board of Amos Tuck School of Business, as well as in various community leadership roles: the Minnesota Citizens League; the Conference Board Contributions Council, which focuses on corporate charitable giving; and the board of Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, an organization that works to provide food, housing and other social services to residents in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. Past leadership assignments include the Minnesota Keystone Advisory Committee, the Walker Art Center Board, the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Board, and Success by Six.

Shea earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1975 from Boston College and an M.B.A. in 1977 from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.