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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 22, 2020



General Mills, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




Delaware   001-01185   41-0274440

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


Number One General Mills Boulevard

Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (763) 764-7600

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instructions A.2. below):



Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)



Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)



Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))



Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class





Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $.10 par value   GIS   New York Stock Exchange
1.000% Notes due 2023   GIS23A   New York Stock Exchange
0.450% Notes due 2026   GIS26   New York Stock Exchange
1.500% Notes due 2027   GIS27   New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐




Item 5.07

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On September 22, 2020, General Mills, Inc. (the “Company”) held its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. There were 522,669,450 shares of common stock represented either in person or by proxy at the meeting. We have disclosed the final results for each matter voted upon, including the number of votes cast for or against, the number of abstentions, and, as applicable, the number of broker non-votes.



Election of Directors. Shareholders elected the following individuals as directors of the Company by the following votes:


Director Nominee

   For      Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes  

R. Kerry Clark

     415,911,896        8,377,567        993,316        97,386,671  

David M. Cordani

     419,906,002        4,358,690        1,018,087        97,386,671  

Roger W. Ferguson Jr.

     418,132,549        6,145,681        1,004,549        97,386,671  

Jeffrey L. Harmening

     396,241,491        25,374,798        3,666,490        97,386,671  

Maria G. Henry

     421,179,637        3,207,863        895,279        97,386,671  

Jo Ann Jenkins

     422,026,107        2,350,321        906,351        97,386,671  

Elizabeth C. Lempres

     421,833,213        2,529,169        920,397        97,386,671  

Diane L. Neal

     422,344,462        2,036,076        902,241        97,386,671  

Steve Odland

     411,501,816        12,738,307        1,042,656        97,386,671  

Maria A. Sastre

     421,670,994        2,704,888        906,897        97,386,671  

Eric D. Sprunk

     421,996,308        2,254,921        1,031,550        97,386,671  

Jorge A. Uribe

     421,804,441        2,506,187        972,151        97,386,671  



Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation. On an advisory basis, shareholders approved the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers. The proposal was supported by 95.5% of the votes cast “for” and “against” it.








Broker Non-Votes


  18,871,643   2,824,287   97,386,671



Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. Shareholders ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for fiscal 2021. The proposal was supported by 95.1% of the votes cast “for” and “against” it.








Broker Non-Votes


  25,749,050   1,811,389   0


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 25, 2020


By:   /s/ Richard C. Allendorf
Name:   Richard C. Allendorf
Title:   General Counsel and Secretary
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