Jim Kirkwood is currently Chief Science and Technology Development Officer and Vice President, GTECH; (General Mills’ Global Center for Technology Creation). In this role, he leads the team that is identifying and developing broadly applicable strategic technologies that will drive current business as well as “change the game” and enable sustainable growth for the Global Operating units. He is responsible for leading the central technology organization which includes developing technology in Crop Bio sciences, grain, macro ingredients, advanced packaging/process technologies as well as technologies to maximize consumer experience in the areas of taste, texture, and trust. His team additionally is responsible for advancing the connected innovation effort.