Minneapolis / MN. (gm) General Mills Inc. announces that its board of directors has elected Kendall J. Powell Chief Executive Officer of the company. Powell, age 53, joined the company in 1979 and was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer. He succeeds Steve Sanger, age 61, who has served as General Mills Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since May 1995. Sanger will continue as Chairman through the end of the current fiscal year in May 2008 (press release).