Leadership


Bill DeLaney

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bill assumed the role of President and CEO for the corporation in 2010, having become 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 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

Sysco director since September 2001, 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. Ms. Ward is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Computer Generation Incorporated (CGI). She currently is a director on the boards of Flower Foods, Inc. and Sanmina-SCI Corporation. Previously, she was a director of Bank of America Corporation, Equifax Inc. and WellPoint, Inc.

Senior Management

Brian Beach
Brian Beach

Senior Vice President and President-Sysco Ventures

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

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Tom’s responsibilities include the strategic oversight of Sysco’s entire commercial chain – merchandising, supply chain, marketing and sales – to drive profitable growth among existing and new customers. He joined Sysco in April 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. He spent the previous 23 years in positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, where most recently he was President of the North American foodservice business.

Greg Bertrand

Greg Bertrand

Senior Vice President, Business Process Integration

In January 2014, Greg assumed full-time responsibility for leading the Business Process merger integration efforts for Sales, Marketing, Merchandising and Operations, as part of the proposed Sysco-US Foods merger. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, West Region. Greg began his Sysco career in 1991 as a Marketing Associate at Sysco Chicago where he advanced through several sales leadership positions, before becoming Vice President-Sales in 1997 and Senior Vice President-Sales in 1998.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1999. In 2005, he was named President-Sysco Eastern Wisconsin. He became President-Sysco Chicago in 2008 and took on the added responsibilities of leading Sysco Eastern Wisconsin and Sysco Baraboo in 2009. Greg was promoted to Market Vice President-Midwest in 2010 and then to Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, West Region, in 2012, a position he held before assuming his current responsibilities.

Scott Charlton

Scott Charlton

Senior Vice President - Distribution Services

Scott joined Sysco in 2013 to oversee the warehouse and delivery operations across all Sysco companies. He spent the past 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.

Bob Davis

Bob Davis

Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, East Region

Bob was appointed Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, East Region, in 2012. He began his Sysco career in 1974 at Sysco Rome, the predecessor company to Sysco Atlanta. He progressed through a variety of sales and management positions, before being named Executive Vice President in 1983 and then President in 1985.  In 1990, he assumed the role of Executive Vice President at Sysco’s facility in Asheville, N.C., and was named President the following year. Bob then served as President-Sysco Charlotte from 1997 to 2004, when he was promoted to Senior Vice President-Contract Sales at Sysco Corporate in Houston. He returned to Sysco Atlanta in 2009 and became Vice President-Foodservice Operations, Southeast Region, the following year, where he remained until being promoted to his current position.

Bill Day
Bill Day

Executive Vice President - Merchandising and Supply Chain

Bill assumed the role of Executive Vice President-Merchandising and Supply Chain in 2010. He began his Sysco career in 1983 as a Staff Accountant at Sysco Memphis.  He moved to Sysco Corporate in 1987, and in 1991, led the deployment of a new company-wide operating system. He was promoted to Assistant Controller and became a corporate officer in 1999.  Bill initiated the company’s Re-Distribution Center concept in 2000 and was promoted to Vice President-Supply Chain Management in 2003.  He was promoted to Senior Vice President-Supply Chain Management in 2007 and took on the additional responsibilities of the company’s Merchandising activities in 2009, roles he held until being promoted to his current position.

Kirk Drummond
Kirk Drummond

Senior Vice President - Sysco Business Services

Kirk became Senior Vice President-Sysco Business Services in 2010 when the company launched its Shared Services business unit. He began his Sysco career in 1986 as Controller with Sysco Grand Rapids. In 1989, he transferred to Sysco Atlanta as CFO and Controller, a position he held until 1992, when he assumed the added duties of Vice President-Finance. Kirk relocated to Sysco’s corporate headquarters in 1997, when he was appointed Vice President and Controller. He was named Vice President and CIO in 2000, and in 2005, was promoted to Senior Vice President. He then served as Senior Vice President-Finance and Treasurer from 2005 to 2010, until assuming his current position.

Mitch Elmer
Mitch Elmer

Senior Vice President - Shared Services Finance and Co-Chief Accounting Officer

In addition to serving as Co-Chief Accounting Officer, Mitch assumed the new title of Senior Vice President-Shared Services Finance in March 2014. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Mitch began his Sysco career in 1989 as a Staff Auditor. In 1991 he transferred to Sysco Virginia and the following year was named Vice President-Finance and Administration. He was appointed Vice President-Finance at Sysco Louisville in 1995 and progressed to Senior Vice President-Marketing, Merchandising and Finance in 1997. The following year, he transferred to Sysco Denver as Vice President-Finance, before returning to Sysco Corporate in 2000 as Vice President and Controller, a position he held before assuming the role of Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in 2005.


Bill Goetz

Senior Vice President - Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer

Bill 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

Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Joel oversees the functions of Field Finance (U.S. and Canada), Commercial Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis, Financial Reporting and Shared Services Accounting. After beginning his career at Sysco as a Staff Auditor in 1996, Joel was promoted to Assistant Manager-Operations Review in 1999. He moved to Sysco Austin in 2000 as Controller, was promoted to Vice President-Finance and CFO-Sysco Chicago in 2002, and became Vice President-Finance and CFO of Sysco Canada in 2007. He was promoted to Corporate Vice President and President-Sysco Canada in 2010 and then became Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, North Region in 2012.

Mike Green
Mike Green

Executive Vice President and President - Foodservice Operations

As Executive Vice President and President-Foodservice Operations, Mike has responsibility for all Sysco operating companies in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and the Bahamas. Mike began his foodservice career in 1981, serving 10 years in various sales and management positions, before joining Sysco Chicago as a member of the management development program in 1991. He progressed to Vice President-Marketing that same year, Vice President-Marketing and Merchandising in 1992, and later that year was named Executive Vice President. Mike became President of Sysco Detroit in 1994. He was promoted to Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, Midwest Region, in 2004, and became Executive Vice President, Northeast and North Central U.S. Foodservice Operations in 2008. He was named Executive Vice President-U.S. Foodservice Operations in 2010 and Executive Vice President and Group President in 2011, before being promoted to his current position.

Alan Hasty
Alan Hasty

Senior Vice President - Merchandising

Alan was promoted to Senior Vice President-Merchandising in 2010. He began his Sysco career in 1981 as a Marketing Associate for Sysco Orlando and held various sales and merchandising positions, before being promoted in 1985 to Vice President-Merchandising at Sysco North Carolina. In 1990, he transferred to Sysco Virginia, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 1993. He was promoted to President and CEO in 1995. Alan was named President and CEO of Sysco Cleveland in 2004 and took on added responsibilities as CEO of Sysco Cincinnati, Sysco Central Ohio and Sysco Pittsburgh in 2009, until being promoted to his current position.


G. Kent Humphries

Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, International

Kent was named to the newly created role of Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, International, in March 2014. In this role, Kent has direct responsibility for Sysco Canada, Pallas Foods, Bahamas Foodservice, and International Food Group, and will continue to work closely on business development opportunities outside of the U.S. Prior to this, he served as Corporate Senior Vice President and President-Sysco San Francisco. Kent began his Sysco career in 1972 as a Marketing Associate with the company’s Albany operations. He was named General Manager of Sysco’s Horseheads, NY, division in 1978. Three years later, he returned to Albany as Executive Vice President and in 1983 was promoted to President-Sysco Syracuse. In 1996 he was appointed President-Sysco Baltimore. He was promoted to Senior Vice President-Canadian Foodservice Operations in 2007. In 2010, Kent was appointed Senior Vice President-Contract Sales and CEO of Sysco Canada, a position he held before assuming the role at Sysco San Francisco in 2013.

Ajoy Karna
Ajoy Karna

Senior Vice President-Finance and Treasury

Ajoy joined Sysco in 2012 and is 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. At Frito Lay, he was Senior Vice President and Vice President-Finance where he was responsible for numerous Finance areas as well as Pricing and Selling/G&A. He also was Senior Vice President-Mergers and Acquisitions in PepsiCo’s corporate group between 2006 and 2009.  Prior to that, Ajoy spent nine years at The Quaker Oats Company in a number of leadership roles.

Chris Kreidler
Chris Kreidler

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Merger Integration Leader

In January 2014, Chris was appointed to lead the merger integration effort for the proposed Sysco-US Foods merger. In addition to his integration leadership responsibilities, he continues in his role as CFO. Chris joined Sysco in 2009, after serving as Executive Vice President and CFO at C&S Wholesale Grocers. Prior to joining C&S, he was a Senior Finance Executive at Yum! Brands, Inc. He joined that company’s predecessor, PepsiCo, in 1996 and progressed through a number of Finance roles, culminating in his position as Senior Vice President-Corporate Strategy and Treasurer, where he had global responsibility for Strategy, Treasury, M&A and Risk Management.

 

Russell Libby
Russell Libby

Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer

Russell oversees the functions of Legal, Communications, Government Relations, Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Business Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. 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

Senior Vice President - Human Resources

Paul 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. He 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
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 CIO 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 - Sales

Scott 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 Region, a position he held until being promoted to his current role.


Chuck Staes

Senior Vice President - Foodservice Operations, Specialty Companies

Chuck became Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, Specialty Companies in 2012.  Chuck spent part of his early career in the Management Information Consulting Division of Arthur Andersen, prior to joining Sysco in 1986, when his family’s produce distribution business merged with Sysco Chicago. There, he became Vice President-Merchandising in 1992 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1996, later assuming the role of President in 1997. Chuck was promoted to Senior Vice President-Foodservice Operations, North Region, in 2008, a position he held before being promoted to his current role.