May 04, 2012 at 18:05 PM EDT
Sysco Announces Leadership Appointments

HOUSTON, May 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) announced today the following leadership appointments, which will be effective July 1.

Chuck Staes, senior vice president-Foodservice Operations, North Region, was appointed senior vice president-Foodservice Operations, Specialty Companies. Staes is now responsible for overseeing the company's Meat Company operations, SYGMA, IFG, FreshPoint and European Imports.

Joel Grade, president-Sysco Canada, was promoted to senior vice president-Foodservice Operations, North Region, which includes the company's markets in Canada, as well as the Mideast and Northeast United States.

Scott Sonnemaker, senior vice president-Foodservice Operations, West Region, was appointed to the new position of senior vice president-Sales.

Greg Bertrand, market vice president-Foodservice Operations, Midwest, was promoted to senior vice president-Foodservice Operations, West Region, which includes the company's Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Pacific markets.

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 177 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2011 that ended July 2, 2011 the company generated record sales of more than $39 billion. For more information about Sysco visit the company's Internet home page at and for investor relations news follow us at

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