Kenneth Allen Charles

Vice President, Global Inclusion & Staffing
General Mills
Ken Charles

NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles is responsible for the attraction, engagement and retention of talent in every diverse form and generating talent solutions that will provide winning results for General Mills around the world. Since January 2009, Charles has had responsibility for the development and execution of General Mills' global diversity and inclusion strategy. He works closely with the CEO and senior vice president of human resources on business and people strategies to create value for each of the company’s stakeholders. Previously, as chief staffing officer, Charles led U.S. campus and experienced professional recruiting and was responsible for development of the General Mills employment brand and enhancing relationships with key university and community partners. Charles has been recognized as one of the 75 Most Influential People in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly magazine and as one of the Top Executives in Diversity by Black Enterprise. In 2013 and 2014, he chaired the UNCF Twin Cities Masked Ball and is a member of the Twin Cities UNCF Leadership Council. He 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 has chaired the corporate advisory board of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and received the organization’s Peter C. Thorp Corporate Leadership Award. Charles served as chairman of the 2008 Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast, sponsored by the UNCF and General Mills Foundation. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity and the Executive Leadership Council.