General Mills Executive Joins Yale as Vice President

Yale University President Richard C. Levin announced today that Michael A. Peel, Executive Vice President of General Mills, Inc., has been appointed as Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, effective October 1, 2008.

Peel will oversee all human resource functions including staffing, compensation & benefits, organizational development and learning, labor relations and diversity. He will also be responsible for a variety of Yale’s administrative and student support activities.

 “We are immensely fortunate to have attracted to Yale one of the nation’s leading human resources professionals,” Levin said. “Yale needs to attract, train, and retain the very best talent throughout its managerial, professional, clerical, technical, service, and maintenance ranks, and Mike Peel brings a wealth of experience and vision to this task. We are delighted to have him as a colleague and a leader.”

Peel’s appointment creates a new officer-level position. This will permit Vice President Shauna King, in President Levin’s words, “to focus her impressive leadership skills on the growing complexity of Yale’s finances and its aspirations for transformational change in organization and systems.” As Vice President of Finance, King will oversee finance, procurement, research administration, business operations and information technology services – critical areas where the University has committed significant resources.

“Supporting the mission of one of the world’s greatest universities is a wonderful opportunity. I look forward to joining Yale’s superb leadership team,” Peel said.

Yale’s management and professional, clerical and technical and service and maintenance staff totals more than 8,600. Yale also has more than 3,400 faculty members.

Peel 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.

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