This excerpt taken from the GIS DEF 14A filed Aug 10, 2009.
Number of meetings in fiscal 2009: Seven
This excerpt taken from the GIS DEF 14A filed Aug 12, 2008.
Number of meetings in fiscal 2008: Seven
This excerpt taken from the GIS DEF 14A filed Aug 14, 2007.
The Audit Committee. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors consists of five non-employee directors named below. Each member of the Audit Committee is an independent director under our guidelines and as defined by New York Stock Exchange listing standards and SEC regulations for audit committee membership. In addition, the Board of Directors has unanimously determined that Dean Danos, Mr. Esrey and Mr. Ryan, members of the Audit Committee, qualify as “audit committee financial experts” within the meaning of SEC regulations and have accounting or related financial management expertise within the meaning of New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Board of Directors has also unanimously determined that all Audit Committee members are financially literate within the meaning of New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Audit Committee, which operates according to its charter, is primarily responsible for oversight of our financial statements and internal controls, assessing and ensuring the independence, qualifications and performance of the independent registered public accounting firm, approving the independent registered public accounting firm’s services and fees, reviewing our risk assessment process and ethical, legal and regulatory compliance programs, and reviewing and approving our annual audited financial statements before issuance, subject to the Board of Directors’ approval. No members of the Audit Committee received any compensation from General Mills during the last fiscal year other than directors’ fees. The Audit Committee’s charter may be found on our website located at www.generalmills.com in the “Investors” section.