Flowers promotes three to new posts

by Eric Schroeder
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THOMASVILLE, GA. — Flowers Foods on Monday announced several personnel changes within its organization.

Jerry F. Hancock II was promoted to vice-president of environmental and regulatory affairs. He will oversee environmental and safety issues as well as Flowers’ sustainability and energy management programs.

Mr. Hancock joined Flowers in 1988 as a project engineer. He was named environmental projects manager in 1991, manager of environmental affairs in 1993, and director of environmental and regulatory affairs in 2001.

He is a member of the American Bakers’ Association’s energy and environmental committee, co-chairing the committee since 1996.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

"Jerry has more than 15 years’ experience with the company in environmental and regulatory issues and has done an outstanding job keeping our company on the leading edge of environmental issues," said Michael A. Beaty, senior vice-president of supply chain, Flowers.

Dale A. Mediate, formerly vice-president of operations at Flowers’ Winston-Salem, N.C., bakery, was named director of sustainability. In the new post he will be responsible for researching and evaluating sustainability concepts and resources, tracking sustainability efforts, monitoring the sustainability actions of outside suppliers, and providing analytical and manufacturing support for Flowers’ sustainability database and manufacturing data warehouse. He joined Flowers in 1995 as a controller trainee.

Mr. Mediate received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tenn., and a master’s degree in business administration/accounting from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Flowers also announced its subsidiary, Flowers Foods Bakeries Group, has promoted Mary Kay Razminas to vice-president of business analysis and insight. In her new role, Ms. Razminas will help develop strategy for Flowers’ category management team.

Ms. Razminas has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and business analysis in the consumer packaged goods industry, including more than 10 years at Frito Lay in Plano, Texas. She joined Flowers Foods as a market analyst and master file team manager and was promoted to her most recent position, business analysis director, in 2000.

She received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas.

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