Foodservice marketer and distributor Sysco Corporation has announced a series of management changes, including a new group of presidents to focus on long term strategic development.

Joseph R Barton, James D Hope, Aaron I Katz, Alan W Kelso, and Diane Day Sanders have been appointed group presidents for SYSCO’s long-term strategic development process. The development process will encompass seven key areas of focus. Barton will serve as group president, product; Hope will serve as group president, customer; Katz will serve as group president, new growth; Kelso will serve as group president, operational effectiveness; and Sanders will serve as group president, communication/collaboration.

Group presidents for the “supply chain” and “pricing” areas of focus will be named shortly. These appointments are effective 1 December 2005, except for Barton’s and . Hope’s, which will be effective upon their replacements being named.

“The strategic development process will provide SYSCO with a roadmap for achieving its vision of becoming the global leader of the efficient, multi-temperature food product supply chain,” said chairman, chief executive officer and president Richard J Schnieders. “By building on our foundation as the market leader in North America and leveraging on our past success and current capabilities, we will ensure a sustainable future for SYSCO and accelerate our rate of improvement.”

Kathy Oates has been named a vice president of the company. Oates, who will continue to serve as assistant treasurer, will assume her additional duties effective 1 December 2005.

Twila M. Day has been appointed vice president and chief information officer. Day, who currently serves as vice president, information technology, will assume her new position effective 1 December 2005.

Kirk G. Drummond has been named senior vice president, finance and treasurer. Drummond, who is currently senior vice president and chief information officer, will assume his new responsibilities effective 1 December 2005.

K Susan Billiot has been appointed vice president of human resources. Billiot, who currently serves as assistant vice president, human resources, will assume her new role on 1 January 2006.