GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) _ General Mills president Charles Gaillard said Thursday that he will retire Oct. 1.

During his 33 years with General Mills, Gaillard has led most of the company's major U.S. food businesses and served as the first chief executive of Cereal Partners Worldwide, the company's joint venture with Nestle.

Gaillard, who turns 60 next year, joined General Mills in 1966 after receiving a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Gaillard's departure will result in several new management assignments, the company said. His replacement hasn't been named.