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John H. Bryan, Jr.

Sara Lee Corporation

1975 - 2000

Food & Tobacco

1970 b. 1937
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateRhodes College
Personal
Born-Died1937
BirthplaceMississippi (MS)
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Large Business
Era - 1970

When Bryan took over Consolidated Foods, later renamed the Sara Lee Corporation, the company was a $2.5 billion dollar conglomerate. Bryan made significant acquisitions including the Hanes Corporation, which experienced a doubling of sales from $450 to $900 million. By 1987, Bryan had grown the company into a $9 billion dollar corporation and a $20 billion dollar global enterprise by 2000 with leading brands including Sara Lee, Hillshire Farm, Hanes, Coach and Playtex.