Ann Simonds

Chairperson

Ann Simonds is the Chairperson for Hennepin Theatre Trust. She is a seasoned executive and most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at General Mills where she was responsible for the company’s world-class marketing function and its marketing services organization, Gcom. She began that role in November of 2014. In 2012, she became president of the General Mills Baking Products division. She was responsible for the profitable growth of the General Mills baking products portfolio and Pillsbury refrigerated dough. Previously, Simonds was the president of the General Mills Pillsbury USA division. Simonds was named a corporate officer in 2002 and was named president in 2006. Simonds’ career spans leadership roles of brands such as Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Wheaties and Yoplait as well as the role of general manager of the bakery and convenience store businesses. Simonds is an active member of the General Mills community including stewardship of the United Way campaign and the Women’s Forum. She represents the company at the National Association of Female Executives and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Her career passion has been strategic philanthropy-building programs such as the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories literacy program, the Stirring Up Wishes campaign for the Make a Wish Foundation and Bake the Change, a Betty Crocker program that inspires people to make a difference in the world through baking. Simonds spent five years as a marketer for Johnson & Johnson in the U.S. and Europe before joining General Mills in 1995. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College and received her MBA from Harvard in 1990.