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E. Robert Kinney

AKA Earle Robert Kinney

Born: 9-Apr-1917
Birthplace: Burnham, ME
Died: 2-May-2013
Location of death: Undetermined Location, AZ
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of General Mills, 1977-82

When he noticed crabs were being discarded by Maine lobstermen, Bob Kinney founded the North Atlantic Packing Company to package and distribute frozen crab meat. He built this into a thriving concern employing several hundred workers. In the 1950s he joined Gorton's Seafood, where he climbed the management ladder to become CEO. At Gorton's, Kinney introduced the novel product of frozen fish sticks to the world. General Mills acquired Gorton's in 1968, of which Kinney became CEO in 1977. Under Kinney's management, General Mills went from $1B in sales to over $5B. He retired in 1982, serving on numerous corporate boards as well as that of his alma mater, Bates College.

Father: Harry Edwin Kinney (b. 7-Feb-1880, d. 15-Mar-1955)
Mother: Ethel Vose (b. 8-Nov-1893, d. 3-Sep-1983)
Brother: Henry Edward Kinney (b. 13-Dec-1913, d. 4-Mar-1984)
Sister: Alice Ethel Kinney (b. 26-Jan-1915, d. 25-Sep-1986)
Sister: Ellen Elizabeth Kinney (b. 27-Sep-1922)
Wife: Margaret ("Margee", until his death, two daughters)
Daughter: Jeannie Elizabeth Small (b. 8-Aug-1942)
Daughter: Isabella Keating (b. 4-Aug-1949)

    High School: Maine Central Institute (1935)
    University: BA History, Bates College (1939)
    Trustee: Bates College (27 years)

    General Mills CEO (1977-82)
    General Mills
    Gorton's Seafood Co. President and CEO
    Gorton's Seafood Co. VP
    North Atlantic Packing Co. Founder
    Member of the Board of Deluxe Check
    Member of the Board of Fisher Price
    Member of the Board of General Mills
    Member of the Board of Hannaford
    Member of the Board of Honeywell
    Member of the Board of Sun Oil
    Member of the Board of Uno Pizza
    Phi Beta Kappa Society


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