DALLAS, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) today announced that Russell F. Coleman will join as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Government Affairs. He joins Dean Foods from Meadows Collier law firm where he was a Partner. Previously, Coleman served as General Counsel of national media company Belo Corp.
Coleman will begin on Aug. 1, 2016, and will report to Gregg A. Tanner, Chief Executive Officer.
“Russ’ extensive General Counsel experience as a leader in a publicly traded company, along with his significant background in leadership development, business transactions and governance and securities matters, make him an ideal fit for Dean Foods as we continue to focus on our growth,” Tanner said. “He is a well-respected and proven leader and I’m excited to welcome him to our organization.”
Prior to Belo’s acquisition by Gannett Co., Inc., Coleman was involved in the spinoff of A. H. Belo Corporation and its newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News.
At the Meadows Collier law firm, Coleman provided day-to-day business legal advice for executives, directors and owners of public and private businesses, including governance and SEC reporting and regulations.
Coleman is also very engaged in the community. He served as the Chairman of the Dallas Bar Foundation, was President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Rice University Alumni group and serves on boards of various organizations.
ABOUT DEAN FOODS
Dean Foods® is a leading food and beverage company in the United States and is the nation’s largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Dean Foods portfolio includes TruMoo®, the leading national flavored milk brand, along with well-known regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena®, Berkeley Farms®, Country Fresh®, Dean’s®, Friendly’s®, Garelick Farms®, LAND O LAKES® milk and cultured products*, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms®, Mayfield®, McArthur®, Meadow Gold®, Oak Farms®, Pet®**, T.G. Lee®, Tuscan® and more. In all, Dean Foods has more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Dean Foods also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, and bottled water. Nearly 18,000 employees across the country work every day to make Dean Foods the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at every occasion. For more information about Dean Foods and its brands, visit www.deanfoods.com.
*The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O’Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.
**PET is a trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company and is used by license.
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