Leadership



Bill DeLaney

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

 

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 - Market Segment Strategy and President - Sysco Ventures (CAKE)

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 also has management responsibility for the company’s Customer Insights, Analytics and Multi-Cultural Segment Marketing functions. 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 all of Sysco’s business operations, commercial functions and the 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, Inbound Logistics, Distribution Services, Facilities and Enterprise Asset Management. 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. He spent the previous 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 management responsibility for Sysco’s U.S. foodservice operations as well as the company’s FreshPoint and specialty meat businesses, a role he assumed in July 2016. Prior to that, he was managing U.S. foodservice operations for the Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountain and Pacific markets. Between January 2014 and June 2015, he led the Business Process merger integration efforts for Sales, Marketing, Merchandising and Operations, as part of the proposed Sysco-US Foods merger. 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) in 2012.

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.

Bill Day


Bill Day

Executive Vice President - Merchandising and Shared Services

Bill oversees Sysco’s merchandising functions, which includes product procurement, sourcing, quality assurance, and the European Imports business. He also oversees Sysco’s shared services functions. Before that, Bill was Executive Vice President-Merchandising and Supply Chain. 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. 



Bill Goetz

Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

Bill has management responsibility for Sysco’s sales and marketing efforts, a position he assumed in July 2016. His role entails developing and executing Sysco’s entire sales agenda across all customer bases, including multi-regional, corporate-managed and local. Bill also oversees brand management, advertising, customer insights, segment marketing and eCommerce. 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 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.

Ajoy Karna

Ajoy Karna

Senior Vice President - Finance

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.

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 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 - International Foodservice Operations, Americas

In July 2016, Scott was named Senior Vice President-International Foodservice Operations, Americas, with management responsibility for Sysco Canada, Bahamas Foodservices and International Food Group. Scott also manages Sysco’s joint venture partnerships with Mayca Distributors in Costa Rica and Pacific Star Foodservice in Mexico. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President-Sales, in charge of Sysco’s enterprise-wide sales organization. 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). He was promoted to Senior Vice President-Sales in 2012, and became Chief Customer Officer in 2015, positions he held until assuming his current role.