Baker Interstate Bakeries Corporation has announced that Charles A. Sullivan has retired from its board of directors, effective immediately.

“It has always been my intention to retire as a director after my 70th birthday,” Sullivan said. “Now that the company’s restructuring is well under way, I feel confident in the ability of our management team and board to provide the leadership necessary for the future of the company.”

“Chuck Sullivan’s leadership has played a valuable role in IBC’s history for more than 17 years,” said chairman Leo Benatar. “We are deeply indebted to him for his loyal and dedicated service.”

Sullivan joined Interstate Bakeries in 1988 following IBC’s acquisition of American Bakeries, where he served as president. In March of 1989 Sullivan was appointed CEO of Interstate Bakeries Corporation, a position in which he served until October 2002. He was appointed chairman of the board in 1991 and served in that capacity until September 2003.