HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY – news), North America’s largest foodservice marketer and distributor, announced today that Bruce L. Soltis has been elected senior vice president, Canadian foodservice operations. He will assume his new position upon the closing of SYSCO’s pending acquisition of the SERCA foodservice operations, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of calendar year 2002. In this newly created position, Mr. Soltis will have responsibility for all of SYSCO’s broadline foodservice operations in Canada as well as the SERCA operations.

Richard J. Schnieders, president and chief operating officer of SYSCO, said Mr. Soltis, 57, began his SYSCO career in 1972 at the company’s Saginaw, Mich., operation and progressed to executive vice president in 1975. In 1977 Mr. Soltis transferred to Arrow-Sysco, the predecessor company to Sysco Food Services of New Orleans and in 1980 he was named to his current position as president of the operation.

Mr. Soltis is a native of Hopkins, Minn. In 1966 he earned a bachelor of science degree in business from Macalester College located in St. Paul, Minn. Following his service as an officer in the United States Navy he attended the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, where he received a master of business administration degree in 1972. He and his wife, Margaret Mary, have a grown son and will relocate to the Toronto area in the near future.

SYSCO is the largest foodservice marketing and distribution organization in North America. Generating sales of $21.8 billion for the fiscal year 2001 that ended June 30, 2001, the company provides food and related products and services to about 370,000 customers, including restaurants, healthcare and educational institutions, lodging establishments and other foodservice operations. The SYSCO distribution network currently extends throughout the entire contiguous United States and portions of Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.

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