Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 11, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 11, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 34
Flowers Foods Chairman Emeritus to Speak at Leaders & Legends

By Andrew Blumberg
Carey Business School

Amos Ryals McMullian, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Flowers Foods, is the scheduled speaker for the May installment of the Carey Business School's Leaders & Legends lecture series, to be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.

Flowers Foods is one of the nation's leading producers and marketers of packaged bakery foods for retail and food service customers, with annual sales of more than $2.4 billion for brands including Nature's Own, Cobblestone Mill and Sunbeam. In his 42-year career with the company, McMullian has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer, as well as chairman of the board and CEO of Flowers Industries. He became chairman emeritus in January 2006.

McMullian has also served on the boards of the Keebler Co., World Wide Lanier and Hughes Supply. Active for many years in local, state and national politics, he is a member of the charter group of the GOP Action Committee. He also holds leadership positions in numerous civic clubs and community organizations in Flowers Foods' headquarters location of Thomasville, Ga.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, McMullian is a graduate of Florida State University.

The Leaders & Legends monthly breakfast series features today's most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance. Leaders & Legends is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today.

Admission to the lecture, which includes breakfast, is $35. To register and for more information, go to


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