Sysco Names Foodservice Operations Leaders

HOUSTON, April 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) today named three highly experienced executives to new leadership roles in foodservice operations, effective at the beginning of its new fiscal year on July 3, 2016.

Greg Bertrand has been named senior vice president-U.S. foodservice operations with responsibility for all of Sysco’s U.S. broadline operating companies. Scott Sonnemaker has been named senior vice president-international foodservice operations-Americas with responsibility for Sysco Canada, Bahamas Foodservices, International Food Group and Sysco’s joint ventures with Mayca Distributors in Costa Rica and Pacific Star Foodservice in Mexico. Bill Goetz has been named senior vice president-sales and marketing with responsibility for Sysco’s sales and marketing organizations.

“As we sharpen our focus on helping our customers profitably grow their businesses, we are very fortunate to have three highly capable Sysco leaders ready to take on broader responsibilities in foodservice operations,” said Tom Bené, president and chief operating officer of Sysco. “I’m confident that Greg, Scott and Bill have the experience and expertise to help us accelerate our current business momentum and strengthen our operations in the U.S. and international markets.”

Bertrand, Sonnemaker and Goetz will continue to report to Bené in their new roles.

Bertrand brings more than 25 years of Sysco 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.

Sonnemaker also brings a wealth of Sysco experience to his new position with more than 20 years of service in a variety of sales, marketing and foodservice operations roles. Sonnemaker has served as president and chief executive officer-Sysco Portland, senior vice president-foodservice operations-West region and, most recently, senior vice president-sales and chief customer officer.

Goetz, who joined Sysco in 2012 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, is also a highly experienced business-to-business marketer and sales leader. He previously served as vice president, corporate marketing, and vice president, international marketing, at ECOLAB Corporation; and vice president and chief marketing officer, and president and chief operations officer, global accounts and strategic markets, at Cintas Corporation, a position he held until joining Sysco.

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 2015 that ended June 27, 2015, the company generated sales of more than $48 billion. For more information, visit or connect with Sysco on Facebook at or Twitter at For important news regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations section 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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