KANSAS CITY, Missouri, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interstate
Bakeries Corporation (IBC) (OTC: IBCIQ) today announced that Philip A.
Vachon, 49, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. The Equity
Committee organized in IBC's chapter 11 proceedings recommended Mr. Vachon
to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of David N. Weinstein.
"We are pleased to have Phil join our Board," said Chairman of the
Board Michael Anderson. "His experience and skills will be beneficial in
guiding IBC forward in a positive direction."
Mr. Vachon presently serves as chief executive officer and chairman of
the board of Liberate Technologies ("Liberate"). Before becoming chief
executive officer of Liberate, Mr. Vachon served as its head of sales, and
then president of the company. Mr. Vachon previously served in a number of
senior sales positions over a nine-year period for Oracle Corporation.
"IBC holds some of America's most iconic brands. These brands, coupled
with new leadership and a reconstituted board, make me optimistic about the
company's future. As an independent director, I look forward to helping the
company manage through its current and future challenges," said Mr. Vachon.
Adoption of 10b5-1 Trading Plan
As of February 28, 2007, Liberate beneficially owned 2,253,374 shares
of IBC's common stock. Prior to Mr. Vachon's appointment to the Board of
Directors, Liberate entered into a stock trading plan pursuant to Rule
10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and IBC's policy regarding
transactions in its securities by insiders. Liberate's 10b5-1 trading plan
provides for the sale of IBC common stock during the period from September
2007 through January 2008. Although all of Liberate's holding may be sold
during this period, the actual number of shares sold will be determined by
the amount of the sale proceeds. In addition, but subject to sales
conditions stated in the plan, sales of up to two-thirds of Liberate's
existing holdings may also occur during the period from September 2007 to
Rule 10b5-1 allows insiders to adopt written, pre-arranged stock
trading plans when they do not have material, non-public information. Using
these plans, insiders can gradually diversify their investment portfolios,
spread stock trades out over an extended period of time to reduce any
market impact and avoid concerns about whether they had material,
non-public information when they sold their stock. Once established, the
insider retains no discretion over purchases and sales under a 10b5-1
trading plan. The pre- arranged trades are executed through a broker at
later dates without regard to any subsequent material non-public
information the insider may receive.
Board Committee Appointments
IBC also announced a number of changes in the composition of its Board
committees. Appointed to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
were Terry R. Peets (Chair), David I. Pauker and Philip A. Vachon; to the
Audit Committee were Robert B. Calhoun (Chair), Michael J. Anderson and
William P. Mistretta; and to the Compensation Committee were David I.
Pauker (Chair), Robert B. Calhoun and Terry R. Peets.
About the Company
Interstate Bakeries Corporation is one of the nation's largest
wholesale bakers and distributors of fresh-baked bread and sweet goods,
under various national brand names, including Wonder(R), Baker's Inn(R),
Merita(R), Hostess(R) and Drake's(R). The Company is headquartered in
Kansas City. Currently, IBC employs more than 25,000 people and operates 45
bakeries, as well as approximately 700 distribution centers and
approximately 800 bakery outlets throughout the country.
Contact: Sitrick And Company
SOURCE Interstate Bakeries Corporation