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Flowers Foods Announces Promotions Within Corporate Information Technology Staff

THOMASVILLE, Ga., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO) has promoted several members of its corporate information technology (IT) team at its headquarters in Thomasville.  

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Dave Hubbard has been named vice president and chief information officer; Ginette Hall, vice president of IT decision support and distribution systems; and Laquan Brunner, vice president of IT operational technology.

"As Flowers Foods continues to execute its growth plan, it's essential that our IT department continues to stay ahead of the curve, offering the best service possible to the company and our trade partners," said R. Steve Kinsey, Flowers' executive vice president and chief financial officer. "These promotions reflect the valuable contributions these individuals have made to our company and our confidence in their experience, commitment, and ability to ensure the high standards of our IT department."

In his new role, Dave Hubbard is responsible for all aspects of Flowers' internal and external information systems, and for enhancing the business processes shared by the company's 41 bakeries, independent distributor network, and foodservice and retail customers. Previously, Hubbard served as the company's vice president of IT technology and development.

Hubbard joined Flowers Foods in 2003 and has held a number of IT management positions. In his most recent role, he oversaw the company's user services, decision support, SAP development and e-business teams. Prior to joining Flowers, he worked as an IT consultant to two major companies. Hubbard holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

Ginette Hall oversees the company's distribution systems and the decision support team. She joined the Flowers IT team in 1989 and helped develop the company's first hand-held computer system for its independent distributors. She was promoted to manager of manufacturing and distribution systems in 1995, director of systems development in 1997, and has served as the director of distribution systems since 2000. Hall holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in information systems and technology from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), in Adelphi, Md., as well as a master's in business administration from UMUC.

Laquan Brunner oversees user services, manages the systems engineering team, and leads IT's disaster recovery and internal controls initiatives. Brunner joined Flowers in 2004 as director of information technology for the decision support team. In 2007, she became the director of information technology for the user services and IT governance teams. Brunner has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and a master's in business administration from Troy University in Troy, Ala.

About Flowers Foods

Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods is one of the nation's leading producers and marketers of packaged bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers. Among the company's top brands are Nature's Own, Whitewheat, Cobblestone Mill, Tastykake, Blue Bird, and Mrs. Freshley's. Flowers operates 41 bakeries that are among the most efficient in the baking industry. Flowers Foods produces, markets, and distributes fresh bakery products that are delivered to customers daily through a direct-store-delivery system serving the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as select markets in the Northeast, California and Nevada. The company also produces and distributes fresh snack cakes and frozen breads and rolls nationally through warehouse distribution. For more information, visit www.flowersfoods.com.

SOURCE Flowers Foods

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