Houston-based Sysco Corp, the largest foodservice marketer and distributor in the US, has announced that its board of directors has elected Thomas E. Lankford as president and COO. Lankford, currently executive VP and president of US foodservice operations, will assume his new duties effective 1 January 2003. Lankford's appointment is in accordance with Sysco's management succession plan. He will succeed Richard J. Schnieders, who on 1 January 2003 will become Sysco's chairman and CEO.