Pete Speranza grew up in New York. He attended Canisius College and received a BS in Economics/Finance in 1992. In 2013, he obtained his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
Pete’s first career was competing as a professional ice hockey player across the globe. He was captain and leader on every team during his 4-year career.
In 1997, Pete joined General Mills. He is currently a New Business Development Leader in the newly formed innovation division, 301 INC. During his 19-year career at General Mills, he has also managed many large business platforms: Big G Cereal (Buffalo, NY), Pillsbury Dough (Boston, MA), Betty Crocker Meals (Chicago, IL), and Yoplait (Minneapolis).
Most recently, Pete is leading 301 INC in building strategic partnerships/capabilities to find incremental growth brands for General Mills. His foundational work includes scouting and nurturing young brands, and developing the skills of the entrepreneurs to create sustainable business models. He is also the director of all of the supply chain activities and drives commercialization excellence for 301 INC across a diverse portfolio of food products.
Pete is a co-founder of the Food Division for the MN Cup, the largest statewide innovation competition in the country. He is a food innovation thought leader and has spearheaded the movement to create a nationally recognized food innovation hub for the state of Minnesota, culminating in the emergence of Grow North.
Currently, Pete is working with the MN Agricultural Utilization Research Institute as well as with Greater MSP to promote growth Minnesota’s food sector. Pete is active board member for several local food startups. He volunteers his time as coach and a hockey instructor.
Pete lives in Minneapolis with his son, Gavin.