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M. Elizabeth Westring, PhD

General Mills, VP, Global Quality & Regulatory Operations

Dr. M. Elizabeth Westring serves as the Vice President of Global Quality and Regulatory Operations for General Mills.  In this capacity, she acts as the chief company officer for assuring product safety, regulatory compliance, and product quality.   In addition, the organization provides significant external support to industry groups and government agencies through expertise in toxicology, microbiology, and risk assessment.  Dr. Westring has been with General Mills for 31 years and has held positions in Quality, R&D, and Marketing and was promoted to Vice President of QRO in 2005.   Dr. Westring has been an active participant in General Mills’ recruiting programs and has served as a mentor in the company’s diversity mentoring program.  She has previously chaired the academic advisory council at California Polytechnic University SLO and was a member of the Clemson Advisory Council.  As a member of IFT, she chaired the Committee on Higher Education and the Task Force on Mentoring.  In January of 2014, she was elected to President of the International Life Sciences Institute, North America. Dr. Westring received her B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York – Stony Brook, her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from University of Nebraska- Lincoln, and her PhD in Food Science from Cornell University.

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