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Leadership Change for Phillips’ Global Operations

Baltimore, MD – June 28, 2018  Phillips Foods announces the promotion of Dean Flowers to President and Chief Operating Officer for their global operations.  Flowers will leverage extensive industry experience in his new role leading all divisions of the 100+-year-old seafood company, including restaurants, foodservice, retail and manufacturing.  

Dean’s tenure at Phillips has spanned 35 years; he joined Phillips in 1983 and has held numerous positions throughout the company, including controller and general manager of several of Phillips’ high-volume restaurant operations.  In 1996, Flowers was named Chief Financial Officer of Phillips Foods and Seafood Restaurants, and in 2006 assumed additional responsibilities as Executive Vice President.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Flowers will handle strategic planning, sales and operations for the company’s domestic and international interests.  He will continue to focus on growing foodservice and retail sales, leading the development of new products to keep Phillips Foods on the cutting-edge of the foodservice industry.  Additionally, Flowers will spearhead company development on the restaurant and franchise side, tasked with acquiring new markets and building strong partnerships.

“Over the years, Dean has been a true asset to me personally and instrumental in our growth as a company,” says Steve Phillips, Founder of Phillips Foods. “I can think of no one who is more respected and well-versed in every area of our operations, and much of our success is a direct result of his leadership.  Through his contributions, Dean has shown that he is the clear choice to take on this role.”

John Knorr, Senior Vice President of Phillips Foods, adds, “Dean has been a trusted, central member of our team for many years, and has impacted all avenues of our business, including restaurants, foodservice, retail and manufacturing.  In his new role, he will provide the guidance we need to drive our business growth forward.”

About Phillips:
Phillips Foods is a family-owned business founded in 1914 and recognized as a leading importer and distributor of crab meat in the United States. Best known for their premium-quality blue swimming crab meat and famous Maryland-style crab cakes, Phillips Foods also produces a full line of seafood appetizers, seafood cakes, fish, soups and entrées for foodservice and retail. To learn more, visit