Flowers Foods Names McMullian COO

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Thomasville, GA — Tastykake and Mrs. Freshley’s maker Flowers Foods, Inc. has appointed Ryals McMullian to the newly created position of company COO.

In this position, he will be responsible for executing strategies to drive growth and expand margins through cost savings and operating efficiencies under the commercial baker’s Project Centennial plan. McMullian will oversee Flowers Foods’ two business units, fresh packaged bread and snacking/specialty, as well as supply chain and sales divisions.

“During the past year, Flowers has been transitioning to a new organizational structure designed to remove complexity and costs from our business and provide greater focus on the consumer,” says Allen L. Shiver, company president and CEO. “The appointment of a COO increases operational visibility and accountability, making us a more effective organization.”

McMullin joined Flowers Foods in 2003 and has served as chief strategy officer since May 2017. During his tenure he has served as vice-president of mergers and acquisitions, deputy general counsel, and vice-president and associate general counsel.