Vice President, Global Inclusion and Staffing
As chief diversity and chief staffing officer at General Mills, Ken Charles is responsible for attraction, engagement and retention of talent in every diverse form. Since January 2009, Charles has held responsibility for the development and execution of General Mills global diversity and inclusion strategy. Previously as chief staffing officer, Charles led U.S. campus and experienced professional recruiting. Charles joined General Mills in 2000 and was promoted to corporate officer in January 2008. He was recognized as one of the 75 most influential people in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly and as one of the Top Executives in Diversity by Black Enterprise. Charles serves on the Human Rights Campaign Business Advisory Council and the boards of the National Black MBA Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Threads Dance Project. He and his wife Karen are proud parents of two exceptional adults, Rae and Matthew.