Sysco names new COO

by Eric Schroeder
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Tom Bené, Sysco
Tom Bené has been promoted to president and COO of Sysco Corp.

HOUSTON – Tom Bené has been promoted to president and COO of Sysco Corp., effective Jan. 1. In his new role, Bené will continue to report to CEO Bill DeLaney. Bené will oversee all of Sysco’s business operations and commercial functions, and will now expand his management responsibilities to include Sysco’s supply chain organization led by executive vice-president Scott Charlton.

“Since joining Sysco in 2013, Tom has quickly and effectively leveraged his broad business experience, strong industry knowledge and exceptional leadership capabilities to contribute significantly to our steady progress in supporting the success of Sysco’s customers, increasing the engagement of our leadership teams, and delivering improved and more consistent business results,” DeLaney said. “Strengthening the partnership between our supply chain organization and our business operations and commercial functions under Tom’s leadership will enhance organizational alignment and better position Sysco to provide exceptional service to our customers and excellent returns to our shareholders. In addition, expanding Tom’s role will provide me with additional capacity to lead the execution of our recently announced three-year strategic plan, work closely with our board of directors on long-term strategic opportunities, and further engage with Sysco’s key stakeholders.”

Bené joined Sysco as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer in March 2013. He was named executive vice-president and chief commercial officer in August 2013, and was appointed to his current role as executive vice-president and president, food service operations in January 2015.

Prior to joining Sysco, Bené held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, sales, operations, franchise development and general management during a 23-year career at PepsiCo, culminating with his role as president of PepsiCo Foodservice.

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