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Dean Foods Appoints Barbara Carlini Chief Information Officer

Carlini to Lead Transformation of Information Technology

DALLAS, May 18, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Dean Foods Company, (NYSE: DF) the largest milk and dairy product company in the United States, announced today that Barbara Carlini, 49, has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), reporting to Greg McKelvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. Carlini has a proven successful track record in Information Technology (IT) and will be the driving force behind the critical transformation efforts for the $12 billion organization.

Barbara brings extensive experience in the food and beverage industry to her role at Dean Foods. She most recently served as the Corporate Vice President of the Mobile Devices Division at Motorola. Prior to Motorola, Barbara was Chief Information Officer of Diageo Americas, responsible for leveraging technology as a key driver of organic growth for the company. Prior to Diageo, Barbara served as Senior IT Director at Nabisco. Barbara has experience in both the Direct-Store-Delivery and warehouse business models and has run multiple company-wide system integration efforts.

"Barbara brings to Dean Foods a wide range of IT experiences that are critical for us in addressing how we most effectively leverage technology for improved transparency, enhanced productivity and end-to-end solutions," said McKelvey. "Barbara is an outstanding project leader, governance advocate and driver, team builder and motivator."

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods Company is the largest processor and distributor of milk and other dairy products in the United States. The Company sells milk and a full range of other dairy products under more than 50 well-known local and regional brands and a wide array of private labels. The Company's WhiteWave Foods division produces a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as Horizon Organic (R) dairy products, Silk (R) soymilk, and International Delight (R) coffee creamers. WhiteWave Foods' Rachel's Organic (R) brand is the largest organic milk brand and second largest organic yogurt brand in the United Kingdom.

CONTACT:
Corporate Communications
Marguerite Copel
+1-214-721-1273
or
Investor Relations
Barry Sievert
+1-214-303-3437

SOURCE Dean Foods Company

http://www.deanfoods.com