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Jul 14, 2016 • By

PODCAST: Celebrating our 150th birthday at the NYSE

It happens twice a day, as it has for 145 years, but it’s still something very special at the New York Stock Exchange that not many people have the opportunity to participate in – the ringing of the bell on the trading floor.

As part of our 150th anniversary activities, two lucky General Mills employees can now say they’ve taken part in an Opening Bell.

Beth Duncan and Mike Bashor were chosen in a contest at our recent company meeting. Beth is a senior digital communications planner for Pillsbury and Mike works as a global food safety and regulatory manager.

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They joined some of our senior leaders yesterday on the historic NYSE platform to kick off our annual Investor Day event on Wall Street.

But Beth and Mike weren’t just on the platform. They were front and center.

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“I’m very aware that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Beth. “It was just an incredible experience to be up on that platform. Pretty special.”

Mike added, “What a crazy experience to be a part of. It’s a loud bell. You feel it, you hear it, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t mess anything up!”

Beth and Mike talk about their Investor Day experience, in this video.

You can hear more reaction from Beth and Mike, before and after their big moment, in the July episode of our “A Taste of General Mills” podcast. Video of the bell ringing is in our show notes at the bottom of this post.

Listen (15min)

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Before the Opening Bell, the NYSE presented Chairman and CEO Ken Powell with a framed congratulatory note, for our 150th anniversary.

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The corporate archivist at the NYSE, Pete Asch, also assembled some documents and photos pertaining to our history on Wall Street.

They included early stock certificates and our listing application from 1928. (You’ll hear from Asch, in our podcast).

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Our Investor Day had a full agenda. After the Opening Bell, we handed out peanut butter siracha and sea salt caramel cupcakes on the trading floor. They were developed by the very talented culinary staff in our Convenience & Foodservice segment. They went fast!

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Executives also did some media interviews, linked below, including an appearance by Chairman and CEO Ken Powell on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.

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Ken told CNBC that consumer food preferences are changing faster than ever, which sets up many opportunities for innovative companies who can adjust.

We also talked with Ken on the trading floor yesterday, about our focus on delivering topline growth in fiscal 2017 and about our presentation to investors and analysts.

At General Mills, we’ve repeatedly reinvented ourselves as consumer preferences have changed. And that’s not something every company can claim.

Of the original companies on the first Fortune 500 list published in 1955, just 61 – about 12 percent – are on the list today. We’re among them, which is a testament to our resilience and of how we have repeatedly stepped up to embrace the challenges of the day.

Our Investor Day webcast is available on GeneralMills.com.

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SHOW NOTES – Episode 11: July 14, 2016

Video: “General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) Celebrates their 150th Anniversary of Founding” (Opening Bell)

Video: “Ken Powell: ‘Terrific innovation’ coming to General Mills”

Video: “Why General Mills’ Senior Executives Are Working at Lemonade Stands”

Video: “Interview with General Mills CFO Don Mulligan”

Link: “Summer 2016 new product showcase”

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Editor’s note: Some of the photos above were provided by the New York Stock Exchange.

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