General Mills’ products, which include Gold Medal flour, Pillsbury, Green Giant and Betty Crocker, have been household names for decades. The Global Internal Audit (GIA) team at General Mills’ primary purpose is to provide assurance to senior management and the board of directors that the company’s internal control over financial reporting, IT and business operations are operating efficiently.
In this profile, Cathy Harris, VP of GIA, outlines the benefits to collaborating across the organization. GIA strives to add value through selective risk advisory projects, typically focused on emerging operational or strategic risks. GIA has a collaborative relationship with the company’s director of internal controls, who assumes a coordinating role for the company’s enterprise risk management steering committee.