Thomasville, Georgia-based Flowers Foods has named Cindy Cox as chief human resources officer. In this role, she will lead the company’s human resources organization, reporting to President and CEO A. Ryals McMullian.
“Cindy brings a distinguished track record of excellence in human resources management to Flowers, and I’m confident that she will make a tremendous impact as our new CHRO,” McMullian said.
“Her passion for both driving successful talent management programs and strengthening employee relations will be instrumental as we continue to advance the employee experience at Flowers.”
Cox most recently served as VP of human resources for the refrigeration segment of Carrier Corp. During her 27-year tenure at Pratt & Whitney and Carrier, she held multiple HR roles of increasing scale and responsibility.
Cox assumes the CHRO role from Tonja Taylor, who plans to retire from the company in early summer. Taylor joined Flowers nearly 25 years ago and has held the position of CHRO since January 2017. In the months ahead, she will serve as EVP of human resources, providing counsel on several key in-flight projects and helping to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.
“Tonja has been integral in evolving and shaping our HR organization, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude for her service to Flowers,” McMullian said. “Her contributions in the months ahead will be much appreciated, and we wish her all the best when she retires later this year.”
Flowers Foods is one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the U.S., with 2021 sales of $4.3 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company’s brands are Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse and Tastykake.
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