Sysco Hires New CEO

Sysco Hires New CEO, Kevin Hourican

Kevin Hourican has been named president and chief executive officer of food service distribution company Sysco Corp., effective Feb. 1, 2020.

Mr. Hourican succeeds Tom Bené, who will step down from his role as president and c.e.o. on Jan. 31 after two years at the helm of the company. Mr. Bené will stay on with Sysco as an executive adviser until March 1, 2020.

“We are pleased to welcome Kevin as our new president and c.e.o.,” said Ed Shirley, lead independent director for Sysco. “Kevin brings a demonstrated track record of delivering strong growth, market share gains, customer service improvement and operational efficiencies within large and complex environments, having run an $85 billion business and leading large divisions at multi-unit retailers. He takes a strategic approach to winning in underdeveloped markets while driving new innovation. The board is highly confident Kevin has the skillset and vision to capture the opportunities ahead and we look forward to working with him and the full leadership team to deliver enhanced value for shareholders.”

Additionally, Sysco’s board of directors has elected Mr. Shirley as executive chair, replacing Mr. Bené, and Brad Halverson as the new lead independent director.

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