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Dean Foods Names Scott Vopni Chief Accounting Officer

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Dean Foods Names Scott Vopni Chief Accounting Officer09:24 EST Thursday, December 09, 2010DALLAS, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) today announced the appointment of Scott Vopni, 42, to the role of Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), effective December 15, 2010. The CAO role became vacant when the Company promoted Shaun Mara to Chief Financial Officer on December 1, 2010. Vopni currently serves as Vice President and Corporate Controller, a position he has held since joining Dean Foods in 2008. Prior to Dean Foods, Vopni held a number of positions at Pegasus Solutions, including Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. He also has past public company experience with PFSweb and Brinker International, and he started his career in 1991 at Arthur Andersen & Co."The Chief Accounting Officer position is a critical role within any publicly-traded company, and Dean Foods is fortunate to have such a highly-qualified internal candidate to fill this position," said Shaun Mara, Chief Financial Officer. "I am confident that Scott will bring a high level of rigor and professionalism to our financial reporting, accounting and compliance operations."ABOUT DEAN FOODSDean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and a European leader in branded soy foods and beverages. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar segment is the largest U.S. processor and distributor of milk, creamer, and cultured dairy products. These offerings are marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands, as well as through private labels. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment produces and sells an array of branded dairy, soy and plant-based beverages and foods. WhiteWave brands, including Silk® soy and almond milk, Horizon Organic® milk and dairy products, International Delight® coffee creamers, and LAND O LAKES® creamers, are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food products. CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Liliana Esposito, +1-214-721-7730; or Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3438SOURCE Dean Foods CompanyFor further information: Corporate Communications, Liliana Esposito, +1-214-721-7730, or Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3438, both of Dean Foods Company