HOUSTON, May 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) announced today that Brian Todd has been named senior vice president, merchandising, effective Aug. 1, 2017, following Bill Day’s decision to retire. Day will remain in his current position through July 31, 2017, and work closely with Todd and Sysco’s senior executive team to ensure an orderly transition of his responsibilities.
“Bill has been a dedicated and impactful leader throughout his 34-year career with Sysco, playing a key role in the growth of our business and the development of our associates,” said Tom Bené, Sysco's president and chief operating officer. “The contributions he has made are significant and long-lasting, and all of us at Sysco wish him the very best upon his retirement.”
Todd has served as Sysco’s vice president, operational merchandising, since 2016. 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 at 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, Todd was promoted to vice president, merchandising, at Sysco Corporate, with responsibility for the dairy, non-foods, frozen foods and chemical categories. He was named vice president, strategic sourcing and supplier partnership, in 2012.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph with a major in Hotel and Food Administration.
“With 21 years of experience at Sysco, Brian is exceptionally well positioned to step into the senior vice president of merchandising role,” said Bené. “His deep knowledge of the company and proven track record in both the U.S. and Canada are an asset to the company. I look forward to working closely with him in his new role.”
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 198 distribution facilities serving approximately 425,000 customers. For fiscal year 2016 that ended July 2, 2016, the company generated sales of more than $50 billion. Subsequent to fiscal year 2016, the company completed the acquisition of the Brakes Group, a leading European foodservice distributor with operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg.
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