Russell F. Coleman
Executive VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, & Government Affairs at Dean Foods
Russell F. (Russ) Coleman is Executive VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, & Government Affairs of Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF), a Fortune 500 food and beverage company with 16,000 employees and annual sales of approximately $8 billion. Dean Foods operates 60 manufacturing facilities across the United States, with distribution of the company’s products in all 50 states.
He served previously as Senior VP & General Counsel of media company Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), representing Belo Corp.’s television stations (affiliated with the ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC networks) across the United States and the newspapers of affiliated company A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) including flagship The Dallas Morning News. He was a partner of the law firm now known as Locke Lord and a partner of the Meadows Collier law firm. He is a former chairman of the Dallas Bar Foundation and of the Dallas Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel section.
Russ and wife Martha (Marty) Crandall Coleman, a board-certified construction attorney and AAA construction panel arbitrator at FisherBroyles LLP, recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. They have three adult children.
He is involved in various civic and community matters. Two family members have been elected and re-elected to public office and a third family member’s campaign was equally or more deserving.
He earned engineering and law degrees at Rice University and the University of Texas respectively and completed executive courses at Wharton.