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Stephen W. Sanger

General Mills

1995 - Present

Food & Tobacco

1990 b. 1946
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateDePauw University
GraduateMBA, University of Michigan
Personal
Born-Died1946
BirthplaceOhio (OH)
RaceWhite
FatherProfessional
Era - 1990

Sanger began his tenure with General Mills in 1974. One of his early successes was the introduction of blue diamond marshmallows in Lucky Charms which resulted in a 15% increase in sales. During his CEO tenure, sales have increased at a rate of 6% compared to an industry standard of 3%. He led the company to the top spot in cereal sales, outpacing rival Kellogg’s for the first time since 1906. In 2001, Sanger led the merger of General Mills and Pillsbury to create one of the largest food companies in the world. In the process, he divested of non-food based businesses and oversaw the streamlining of the combined operation.