Sysco names execs ahead of US Foods deal

by Bryan Salvage
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HOUSTON –Senior leaders who will guide Sysco Corporation upon completion of its proposed acquisition of US Foods have been identified. Sysco’s board of directors is anticipated to appoint these officers, who will report to Bill DeLaney ,Sysco president and chief executive officer, upon closing of the merger. The closing is anticipated to happen either late in the third quarter or during the fourth quarter of this calendar year.
• Joining Sysco in 2013, Tom Bené, will lead all of Sysco's domestic and international operations. Scott Charlton, who also joined Sysco in 2013, will lead end-to-end supply chain operations, which includes warehousing, inbound and outbound transportation, and replenishment. Chris Kreidler, who joined Sysco in 2009, will lead the finance function, which includes treasury, accounting, and investor relations, as well as the integration activities of Sysco and US Foods.
• Russell Libby, a seven-year Sysco veteran, will head up corporate affairs, including legal, government relations and communications, business development, enterprise risk management, compliance, corporate social responsibility, and workplace safety. Paul Moskowitz, who joined Sysco in 2011, will lead human resources, including talent management, talent acquisition, payroll and labor relations. Pietro Satriano, a three year US Foods veteran, will lead merchandising and marketing, which includes product development and innovation, food safety, and quality assurance.
• Stuart Schuette, a 23-year industry veteran and long-time US Foods executive, will lead sales, which includes the following corporate-managed customers: restaurants, healthcare, travel and leisure, and foodservice management. He will also lead the establishment of a Sales Development & Strategy function for the business and collaborate closely with Tom Bené to effectively transition US Foods' operations and customer base to Sysco.
• Wayne Shurts, a two-year Sysco veteran, will lead business technology, which includes developing the technology and systems vital to integrate Sysco and US Foods. He will also continue to oversee the deployment of Sysco's enterprise platform and develop additional customer-facing business solutions.
"Each of these individuals brings to the job a wealth of customer focus, personal commitment, industry knowledge and professional expertise,” DeLaney said. “I look forward to working with this senior team upon completion of the merger as we continue to pursue being our customers' most valued and trusted business partner."
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