DALLAS, TX – January 11, 2013 Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, today announced the hiring of Matt Freeman as corporate manager of communications. In this role, Freeman will be responsible for planning, development and coordination of RNDC’s communications programs.

“We are pleased to have Matt leading corporate communications efforts for our company,” said Tom Cole, president, Republic National Distributing Company. “His wealth of experience in strategic communications and collaborative leadership style make him an excellent fit, and will add tremendous value to our organization.”

Freeman brings extensive experience developing and implementing strategic communications to the company. He comes to RNDC from AGL Resources, the nation’s largest natural gas distributor, where he most recently served as corporate communications manager. He also has served as public and media relations specialist for the company.

Prior to that, Freeman spent close to six years at leading public relations firm Edelman, where he served as account supervisor managing projects across a variety of industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, insurance and sports.

Freeman earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Vanderbilt University. He is based in Atlanta.