David Bere Named to the Board of Directors for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Jun 26, 2013, 16:19 ET from Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy today announced that David Bere will join the nonprofit's Board of Directors beginning July 1st.

David L. Bere is Chairman and CEO of Nonni's Foods, LLC, a leading producer and marketer of biscotti and other specialty snack products. Dave formed a partnership with Wind Point Partners to purchase the business in January of 2011.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Bere served in a number of leadership roles with Dollar General Corporation, a leading discount retailer with over 8,500 stores and $11 billion in sales. He was named president and CEO in 2006 after serving on the Board of Directors since 2002. Upon completion of KKR's (a major private equity firm) acquisition of Dollar General in 2007, Dave was named interim chief executive officer. After a permanent CEO was named in January 2008, Dave served as chief strategy officer until his retirement in 2010.  He has also served in leadership roles within the food industry including CEO-Bakery Chef, CEO-McCain Foods and Quaker Oats.

"I am truly honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy," stated Dave Bere, "I look forward to working with such a talented team of leaders at the Foundation and their vision to end the growing crisis of illiteracy in America."

"My mom started this foundation nearly 25 years ago with the support and leadership of like-minded individuals who understood the devastating impact illiteracy has on America and its families," said Jeb Bush, co-chair, Barbara Bush Foundation. "I am grateful Dave will be part of our diverse and talented board as we seek innovative ways to help more parents improve their literacy levels, earn a GED and expand their job skills."

With over 33 million adults in America unable to read, write or help their children succeed in school, the Barbara Bush Foundation is committed to providing parents and children an opportunity to learn together. Over the years, the foundation has funded over 1,200 family literacy programs in all 50 states.

Foundation President Liza McFadden stated, "We are honored to welcome Dave Bere to our board which will benefit from his leadership, extensive corporate experience and his passion to make a real difference in people's lives."

For more information, visit www.BarbaraBushFoundation.com.

Contact:  Elizabeth E. Hirst, 850.562.5300;  liz@barbarabushfoundation.com.

SOURCE Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy