THOMASVILLE, Ga., May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, today announced that effective December 31, 2022, Bradley K. Alexander, CEO, will retire after 41 years of service. In accordance with the company’s management succession plan, the January 1, 2023, Heeth Varnedoethe current director of business transformation, will succeed Alexander as chief operating officer.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to Brad for his service to our company,” said A. Ryals McMullian, President and Chief Operating Officer. “His many contributions to the sales, operations and marketing functions of Flowers have been instrumental in many of our company’s successes and we have benefited greatly from his in-depth industry knowledge and unwavering leadership. We wish the best for his retirement.”
McMullian continued, “In several key roles at Flowers, Heeth has consistently demonstrated his business acumen and in-depth understanding of our company’s operations. Given his proven leadership skills, I am confident he will do an outstanding job as we pursue our digital strategy. transformation efforts while remaining focused on meeting the needs of our consumers. »
Varnedoe joined Flowers Foods in 1990, serving in several management positions, including president of the company’s bakery at Jacksonville, Florida. He left Flowers in 2000 to pursue other business interests and in 2012 joined the role of DSD Cake Sales Manager, then served as Vice President of National Accounts from 2012 to 2015. In 2016 he was promoted to President of the society. Phoenix, Arizona Bakery and served as Senior Vice President of DSD Regions/Sales from 2017 to 2020, when he was appointed to his current role. Varnedoe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and history from Presbyterian College.
About flower food
Based at Thomasville, Ga.Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in United States with 2021 sales of $4.3 billions. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of baked goods. Some of the company’s biggest brands include nature belongs, Dave’s killer bread, Wonder, Canyon Fourniland Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.
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