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General Mills Director Carla Vernón Joins Make-A-Wish Foundation® National Board


October 31, 2011


Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX - (October 31, 2011) – The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America has named Carla Vernón, director of kid cereals for General Mills, Inc., to its national board of directors.

In her role with General Mills, one of the largest food companies in the world, Vernón oversees the company’s $1 billion portfolio of children’s cereal brands including Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kix and Trix. Since starting at General Mills in 1998, Vernón has developed and marketed brands such as Fruit Gushers, Honey Nut Cheerios and several other General Mills products.

Prior to joining General Mills, Vernón worked for City Year, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun. Vernón also has experience working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota.

“Carla has been a proud – and valued – supporter of our Minnesota chapter for many years. We are so pleased to have her join our national board of directors so her talents can benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation nationwide,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Vernón earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband Jason and their son and daughter.

Vernón will serve a three-year term on the Make-A-Wish® national board.


About the Make-A-Wish Foundation


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Based in Phoenix, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish somewhere in the world every 23 minutes. It has granted more than 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America at and discover how you can share the power of a wish® .

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