Vice President for Human Resources & Administration, Yale University
Michael A. Peel, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, joined Yale University in his present role on October 1, 2008. Mr. Peel has overall responsibility for a broad range of the University’s administrative activities including Human Resources, Police & Security, Travel and Transportation, Housing, and other essential service functions. Prior to joining Yale, Mr. Peel served as a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Workplace Diversity at Yale from 2005 to 2007.
Mr. Peel brought distinguished private sector business experience to his responsibilities here at Yale. He spent nearly eighteen years as part of the top management nucleus of General Mills, Inc., last serving as their Executive Vice-President for Human Resources and Global Business Services. In that capacity, he had worldwide responsibility for the company’s human resources, shared services, real estate & facilities, environmental sustainability, and travel activities. Mr. Peel originally joined General Mills in 1991 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Under his leadership, General Mills was consistently one of the most widely recognized organizations in the world for workplace excellence and diversity, regularly appearing on Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Working Mother Magazine’s “Top 10 Companies for Working Women,” and Aon Hewitt’s “Top 10 Companies for Developing Leaders.” Before joining General Mills, Mr. Peel spent fourteen years with PepsiCo, Inc., where leadership roles he held included Senior Vice President for Human Resources for PepsiCo Worldwide Foods (1987–91) and Senior Vice President for Human Resources for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group (1984–87).
Mr. Peel currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Select Comfort Corporation, Pier 1 Imports, Inc., and Hamden Hall Country Day School, and was a long-term member of the Board of Directors of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He is the former Vice Chair of the Human Resources Policy Association, the largest association of major company Chief Human Resources Officers in the world. Mr. Peel was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources by his peers in 2002, and went on to serve on the Academy’s Board of Directors and as their Secretary/Treasurer from 2006 to 2015.
Mr. Peel has a B.S. degree in marketing from James Madison University, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and was awarded an Honorary M.S. degree from Yale University. He resides in New Haven, Connecticut with his two sons.