Nehl Horton Joins Sysco as Senior Vice President, Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer

HOUSTON, Oct. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) today announced that Nehl Horton has joined the company as senior vice president, chief communications and government relations officer.

Horton will be responsible for the global communications and government relations strategy and execution in support of the company's strategic business objectives with key stakeholders groups, both internal and external. Sysco's corporate communications, government relations, community affairs and corporate giving functions will report to him.

"As Sysco broadens the scope of our business into new markets and new offerings, finding additional ways to effectively reach and engage with our critical stakeholders becomes even more important," said Russell Libby, Sysco's executive vice president, corporate affairs and chief legal officer. "Nehl's breadth of experience in both communications and government relations will help us build, strengthen and execute an integrated strategy across Sysco that will enhance our industry leadership position and our ability to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. We are excited to have Nehl join the Sysco team."

Horton joins Sysco after serving as chief public affairs and communications officer of MillerCoors/Miller Brewing Company, Inc., since 2005. Before then, he led global media relations at pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis, served in a media relations leadership capacity at Pfizer, and managed numerous government relations and public affairs activities within The Coca-Cola Company over a 10-year period. Prior to working in the corporate sector, he was involved in legislative affairs and communications work. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Duke University.

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 194 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2014 that ended June 28, 2014, the company generated sales of more than $46 billion. For more information, visit or connect with Sysco on Facebook at or Twitter at For important news regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations portion of the company's Internet home page at, follow us at and download the new Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should also continue to review our press releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.

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