Leadership



Bill DeLaney

Chief Executive Officer

Bill became CEO and a member of Sysco’s Board of Directors in 2009. He began his Sysco career in 1987 as Assistant Treasurer at Sysco’s corporate headquarters in Houston.  He was promoted to Treasurer in 1991, and in 1993, was named a Vice President of the corporation, continuing in that role until 1994.  He joined Sysco Syracuse in 1996 as CFO, progressed to Senior Vice President in 1998 and Executive Vice President in 2002.  In 2004, Bill moved to Sysco Charlotte as President and CEO.  He returned to Houston in 2007 and, subsequently, was named Executive Vice President and CFO of the corporation, a position he held for two years before being promoted to CEO. Bill served as Sysco’s President from 2009-2015. Bill also serves on the Board of Directors of Express Scripts, Inc., The Center for Houston’s Future and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Jackie L. Ward

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

 

A Sysco director since September 2001, Jackie is the seventh chairman in Sysco's history. She has served as the board’s lead director, chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and served on the Compensation Committee. Jackie is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Computer Generation Incorporated (CGI). She currently is a director on the board of Sanmina-SCI Corporation. Previously, she was a director of Bank of America Corporation, Equifax Inc., Flower Foods, Inc. and WellPoint, Inc.

 

Senior Management

Brian Beach

Brian Beach

Senior Vice President- Sysco Labs and Customer Experience

Brian joined Sysco in early 2011 from the University of Florida, where he was Senior Vice President-Administration and Business Ventures, and Chief of Staff to the President. In his current role, Brian leads Sysco’s pursuit and development of strategic foodservice opportunities, particularly in the areas of restaurant technology and applications. He began his career in 1991 at Ernst & Young as a Senior Consultant, followed by roles at Allen C. Ewing & Co. Investment Bankers, Synagen Capital Partners and SI Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital firm.

Tom Bené

President and Chief Operating Officer

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom oversees Sysco’s business operations, commercial functions and supply chain organization. The areas for which Tom is responsible include U.S. and International Broadline operations, SYGMA, specialty meat and seafood companies, FreshPoint, Sysco Guest Supply, European Imports, Merchandising, Sales & Marketing, Shared Services, Revenue Management, and Supply Chain. He joined Sysco in April 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer and was later named Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. In 2015, he became Executive Vice President and President - Foodservice Operations. Prior to joining Sysco, Tom spent 23 years in positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, where he was President of the North American foodservice business.

Greg Bertrand

Greg Bertrand

Senior Vice President - U.S. Foodservice Operations

Greg has leadership oversight responsibility for all of Sysco's U.S. broadline OpCos. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, including a succession of senior foodservice operations positions such as President - Sysco Eastern Wisconsin, President - Sysco Chicago, Market Vice President - Midwest and, most recently, Senior Vice President - Foodservice Operations - West. Greg began his Sysco career in 1991.

Scott Charlton

Scott Charlton

Executive Vice President - Supply Chain

Scott oversees Sysco’s end-to-end supply chain capability, specifically as it pertains to inbound and outbound warehouse and delivery operations across the company’s footprint. Before joining Sysco in 2013, he spent six years as executive vice president at C&S Wholesale Grocers, where he was instrumental in leading and engaging a team that implemented numerous warehouse efficiencies resulting in significant operating expense reductions and new revenue opportunities. Previously, he spent more than two decades at Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Brian Todd

Senior Vice President- Merchandising

Brian became Senior Vice President- Merchandising in 2017. He began his Sysco career in 1996 as a Protein Brand Manager with SERCA Ontario, which was later acquired by Sysco, and progressed through several senior Merchandising roles with Sysco Toronto. In 2003, he joined the Sysco Canada leadership team as Director, Merchandising, advancing to Senior Director and eventually Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing, in 2009.

In 2011, Brian was promoted to Vice President, Merchandising, at Sysco Corporate, with responsibility for the dairy, non-foods, frozen foods and chemical categories. In 2012, Brian was named Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Partnerships, as the company launched its category management initiative. In 2016, Brian was named Vice President- Operational Merchandising, leading the Field Merchandising organization.
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Bill Goetz

Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

In April 2016, Bill was named Senior Vice President-Sales and Marketing. He joined Sysco as Senior Vice President-Marketing in early 2012. Bill began his career in 1986 as a management trainee at Cintas Corporation and progressed through a series of management roles before becoming the company’s Vice President-Marketing and Merchandising. In 2003, he joined ECOLAB Corporation as Vice President-Corporate Marketing and later became Vice President-International Marketing. In 2006, he returned to Cintas as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Two years later he assumed the role of President and Chief Operations Officer-Global Accounts and Strategic Markets, a position he held until leaving the company to join Sysco. 

Joel Grade

Joel Grade

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Joel became Sysco's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2015. He began his career at Sysco as a staff auditor in 1996 and has since held a variety of senior finance and commercial roles, including chief financial officer of Sysco Chicago in 2002 followed by chief financial officer of Sysco Canada in 2007. He was later promoted to president of Sysco Canada in 2010 and then became senior vice president of foodservice operations, north region and Canada in 2012. In 2014, Grade served as Sysco's senior vice president of finance and chief accounting officer before being named EVP and CFO. Grade earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance with a specialization in International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and an MBA in Finance, Strategy and Marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2007.

Ajoy Karna

Ajoy Karna

Senior Vice President - International Foodservice Operations, Europe

Ajoy has management responsibility for Brakes Group, which encompasses Sysco’s operations in Europe, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously, Ajoy was SVP Finance, responsible for finance support for all of Sysco’s business operations, commercial functions and supply chain organization. This included the U.S. and International Broadline operations, SYGMA, specialty meat and seafood companies, FreshPoint, Sysco Guest Supply, and European Imports. In addition, Ajoy had responsibility for Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence, Corporate Credit and the transition and alignment of the Sysco and Brakes Group Finance teams. Ajoy joined Sysco in 2012 as SVP Corporate Finance, responsible for Treasury, Capital, M&A Execution, Credit, Tax and Audit. Prior to joining Sysco, Ajoy served in various financial leadership positions at PepsiCo and its Frito Lay subsidiary. Prior to that, Ajoy spent nine years at The Quaker Oats Company in a number of finance leadership roles.

Russell Libby

Russell Libby

Executive Vice President - Administration and Corporate Secretary

Russell oversees the functions of Legal, Communications, Government Relations, Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Strategic Business Planning. He also serves as Corporate Secretary. He joined Sysco in 2007 as Assistant Vice President-Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate and was promoted to Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in early 2011. Russell began his career in 1991 with Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, in Atlanta, and has held leadership positions at Liuski International, Inc., a computer distribution and manufacturing company, COFRA Holding A.G., a Swiss international conglomerate, and Good Energies, Inc., an investment advisor. 

Paul Moskowitz

Paul Moskowitz

Executive Vice President - Human Resources

Paul leads Sysco’s human resources efforts across the company enterprise.  He joined Sysco in 2011, after serving as Chief Human Resources Officer at Dean Foods, a role he held since 2007. He began his career in 1988 as a compensation consultant at Towers Perrin. Paul joined Brinker International in 1992, where he progressed through a series of roles with increasing responsibility. He then held management positions with two other premier restaurant companies, Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Yum! Brands, Inc., before assuming the role of Chief People Officer at Pizza Hut USA.



Wayne Shurts

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Wayne joined Sysco in October 2012, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for SUPERVALU. Prior to that, he was with Cadbury Schweppes, first serving as Senior Vice President-Information Technology and then becoming Chief Information Officer in 2008. He began his career in 1981 as a management trainee at Nabisco, where he stayed for 20 years, progressing through a series of roles with increasing responsibility, including Vice President-Sales Operations, Vice President-North American Supply Chain Process and Vice President-e-Business. He left Nabisco to become president of the Principles Group, a consulting firm, where he assisted companies such as IBM, Avaya, and Johnson & Johnson with technology-enabled business transformation strategies.

Adam Skorecki

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Prior to joining Sysco in 2014, Adam was a Partner in the Mergers and Acquisition practice at Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG), which he joined in 1982. A seasoned corporate attorney, he played a prominent role in representing Sysco’s interests across numerous fronts over several years. Adam is responsible for Sysco’s Legal areas that include Contracts, Litigation, Employment, Mergers & Acquisitions, and ERISA/Benefits.

Scott Sonnemaker

Scott Sonnemaker

Senior Vice President - International Foodservice Operations, Americas

Scott has management responsibility for Sysco Canada, Bahamas Foodservices and International Food Group and manages the relationship with our joint venture partners at Mayca Distributors in Costa Rica and Pacific Star Foodservice in Mexico. Previoulsy, Scott had oversight responsibility for Sysco’s multi-regional and nationwide corporate-managed customers, as well as developing and executing Sysco’s entire sales agenda, including initiatives focusing on local customers. He was promoted to Senior Vice President-Sales in July 2012. He began his career at Sysco in 1996 as Director-Merchandising, Disposables at the company’s corporate headquarters in Houston. He transferred to Sysco Portland in 1998 to become Vice President-Merchandising and Marketing. Scott held roles of increasing responsibility in Portland, ultimately being named President and CEO in 2001. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations (West), a position he held until being promoted to his current role.

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 Anita Zielinski

Senior Vice President - Chief Accounting Officer

Anita oversees our accounting functions, with responsibility for financial accounting and reporting, accounting policy, tax compliance and strategy, and internal controls. She also acts as key liaison to external auditing firms, with responsibility for confirming the company’s views on technical accounting matters. Anita has been a member of Ernst & Young’s Assurance Practice since 1996, and was promoted to Partner in 2013. She has extensive experience working with Sysco as a client, as well as other large and multinational public companies in the distribution, real estate, transportation and manufacturing industries. This work included overseeing SEC registration statements, including filings, business combinations, and complex accounting and financial reporting matters. Anita is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.