John M. Foraker

Vice President; President, Annie’s Foods

  • Education

    University of California-Davis, B.S., agricultural economics
    University of California-Berkeley, MBA.

John Foraker is a General Mills vice president and the president and former chief executive officer of Annie’s Foods. He's also and a leading authority in the organic and natural foods industry.

With more than 20 years of business experience and a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility, Foraker’s vision for growing Annie’s has always relied on transparent leadership and an over-arching commitment to creativity, innovation and honesty.

In addition to his role as President, Foraker also advises within the greater General Mills organization on the company’s small business incubator 301, Inc., a venture group that invests in small promising companies.

Prior to assuming his role as President in October 2014, Foraker led investors to place growth capital into Annie’s in 1999, earning his title as Chairman of the Board.

Beginning in 2004, Foraker led as Annie’s chief executive officer, taking Annie’s public in 2012, just prior to the company’s buyout by General Mills in October 2014.

A respected expert spokesperson in the organic and natural foods industry, Foraker has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes and Wall Street Journal, in addition to other platinum media outlets.

Foraker also has shared his leadership and expertise with business owners and audiences at home in the Bay Area and across the country, addressing organizations like the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and the Nutrition Business Journal Conference, among others.

Foraker was awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in Northern California, recognizing his entrepreneurial excellence in the retail and consumer products category.

Prior to his tenure at Annie’s, Foraker served as Vice President at Bank of America, overseeing commercial banking client relationship management in the bank’s premium wine business portfolio.