Flowers Foods: promotes two executives

Thomasville / GA. (ff) Flowers Foods Inc. has promoted two executives within its accounting team. Karyl H. Lauder has been promoted to vice president and chief accounting officer and Vandy T. Davis has been promoted to vice president and corporate controller.

Both Lauder and Davis have 29 years with Flowers Foods in the areas of accounting and financial reporting. They will report to R. Steve Kinsey, who was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer on August 27, following the retirement of former CFO Jimmy M. Woodward.

As vice president and chief accounting officer, Karyl Lauder will serve as a key advisor to Flowers Foods´ senior management as well continue to develop and direct the company’s accounting policy and procedures.

Lauder´s career with Flowers Foods began in 1978, when she joined the office of the company´s bakery in Jacksonville, Florida. She has served as controller at numerous Flowers bakeries and as controller at both the regional and operating group level. Since 2003, Lauder has served as vice president and operations controller for Flowers Foods. She holds a bachelor´s degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

As vice president and corporate controller, Vandy Davis will administer accounting and financial reporting policy and develop strategic direction for the company in this area.

Davis joined Flowers in 1978 as a staff accountant and during his career has held several accounting positions, including director of financial reporting. Since 2005, he has served as assistant corporate controller for Flowers Foods. He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor´s degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

About: Headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia, Flowers Foods is one of the nation´s leading producers and marketers of packaged bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers. Flowers operates 36 bakeries and produces a wide range of bakery products marketed throughout the Southeastern, Southwestern, mid- Atlantic states via an extensive direct-store-delivery network and nationwide through other delivery systems.