Flowers' board of directors is pleased Deese will continue to be actively involved with the company. " George Deese is an exceptional leader who has been integral to Flowers' growth for more than four decades. His insight and collaborative management style have helped create the operating strategies and company culture that set Flowers Foods apart from not only its bakery peers, but also others in the food industry. George's continued guidance will be essential as the company navigates new growth opportunities while working to preserve its unique culture and strategic direction," said Benjamin H. Griswold IV, presiding director of Flowers' board.Deese was elected CEO in 2004, and continued Flowers' decades-long tradition of consistent sales growth through acquisitions, market expansion, and organic growth in core markets. Under his leadership as CEO, Flowers Foods grew from a regional baked foods company with access to 38 percent of the U.S. population and annual sales of $1.5 billion in 2004 to the second-largest baking company in the country with more than $3 billion in sales and access to more than 75 percent of the population for its fresh baked foods. During Deese's tenure as CEO, Flowers Foods created more than $3.0 billion for shareholders in increased market capitalization and dividends.
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