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 OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert E. Stauth, president of Fleming Cos. Inc. (NYSE: FLM), has been elected to the additional post of chief executive officer. E. Dean Werries, current chairman and chief executive officer, will continue as chairman of the board and maintain an active support role with the company. These actions were taken by the board of directors at its regular meeting held here today.
 Stauth, 49, was named president and chief operating officer earlier this year and was elected a director in June. In announcing the change, Werries said, "Bob Stauth's career with Fleming has been varied and distinguished, including a wide range of corporate and operating assignments. We are fortunate to have someone with his background and ability to assume leadership of the company at this time."
 Stauth has 20 years of experience with Fleming. Prior to being named president and chief operating officer, he served as executive vice president -- division operations, senior vice president -- Western region, and vice president -- Arizona operations. He also served as president of the Houston division and has had seven years of supermarket chain experience.
 Board Recognizes Werries' Leadership
 The board of directors commended Werries, 64, for his leadership, noting that he served as president from 1981 to 1988 and as chief executive officer from 1988 to the present time. Under his direction, the company has successfully entered many new markets, has made major investments in a number of business development ventures, and has significantly expanded its international operations. The board also recognized Werries' commitment to the independent food retailer's success as well as his continuing efforts to improve the company's distribution efficiency.
 Austin Elected Executive Vice President -- Operations
 Gerald G. Austin, 56, has been elected executive vice president -- operations. In this position, he will have overall responsibility for Fleming's Mid-South, Western, Southern, Mid-America and Eastern regions as well as marketing activities and other related operations.
 For the past three years, Austin has served as executive vice president -- marketing. During his 34-year career with Fleming, he has held many responsible positions including executive vice president -- Western region, senior vice president -- Eastern region, president of the Oklahoma City division, and corporate director of personnel.
 Easter Becomes Senior Vice President -- Marketing
 Darreld R. Easter, 57, has been elected senior vice president -- marketing. His responsibilities will include the merchandising and procurement of all food product lines as well as marketing services, sales promotion and consumer services.
 Easter was previously senior vice president -- produce, meat, bakery and deli. He also has served as vice president -- produce and meat, and director -- produce procurement. Before joining Fleming in 1985, he spent 25 years in positions of increasing responsibility with a large retail food chain.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Frost of Fleming, 405-841-8125/

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