Cummins Inc. announced recently that it has appointed Kimberly “Kim” Nelson, former senior vice president, external relations of General Mills, Inc., to its board of directors effective Oct. 13.
“We are pleased to welcome Kim to the Cummins board of directors. Her wealth of knowledge and extensive operating and corporate experience will be invaluable as we navigate industry disruptions and deliver the innovation our customers need,” said Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “With her leadership experience and perspectives gained from many years in business, Nelson will expand the range of expertise and experience among our board members, and we are confident she will assist in positioning the company for long-term growth and continued profitability for our shareholders.”
Nelson brings significant experience in key priority areas for Cummins, including environmental, social and corporate governance to her work as a board member. In her former role as senior vice president, external relations at General Mills, Nelson executed a global corporate re-branding, managed crisis communications, developed and executed an integrated, high impact sustainability strategy and advanced the company’s global influence with key external stakeholder relations.
Nelson worked for General Mills Inc. for nearly 30 years. During her career, she held several senior brand and general management roles, including serving as president of the $1.2B Snack Food Division where she led the fastest growing U.S. operating division in General Mills, generating +10% annual sales growth. In previous roles, she drove overall strategy development, business planning, advertising, sales & promotions development and new product initiatives. Nelson retired from General Mills Inc. in 2018.
In 2019, Nelson joined the board for Tate & Lyle PLC, a UK-based food and beverage ingredient supplier as a non-executive director and a member of the audit and nominations committees.
Nelson attended Georgetown University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations. In 1988, she earned an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University.