Dr. Bernhard Van Lengerich

Bernhard Van Lengerich, Ph.D., retired from General Mills in March 2015 after more than 20 years and is now a strategic advisor. He completed his Ph.D. in Food/ Biotechnology at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. His work experience includes Unilever Germany, RJR Nabisco, New Jersey, and Buehler AG in Switzerland. In 1994, Bernhard joined General Mills, Inc. in Minneapolis and was Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President for Technology Strategy. He led the development of key enabling technologies resulting in major product innovations. Bernhard authored/co-authored over 100 patents, established a Game Changer program and created a novel "Cashless Venturing" initiative, enabling faster and more disruptive innovations.