HOUSTON, July 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) announced today that Scott Charlton has joined the company, effective July 15, as senior vice president for Distribution Services. He replaces Fred Lankford, who is retiring after 41 years with Sysco. "We are pleased Scott Charlton has joined Sysco's leadership team to help us on our path of continuous improvement in warehouse and delivery operations across all Sysco companies," said Mike Green, Sysco executive vice president and group president. "As we thank Fred Lankford for his contributions to Sysco's success throughout the years, we welcome Scott and the capabilities he brings to our team to ensure our warehouse and distribution services support the goal of being our customers' most valued and trusted business partner." Charlton joins Sysco after serving the past six years as executive vice president at C&S Wholesale Grocers, where he was instrumental in leading and engaging a team that implemented numerous warehouse efficiencies resulting in significant operating expense reductions and new revenue opportunities. Previously, he spent more than two decades at Publix Super Markets, Inc., in roles of increasing leadership responsibility in the areas of distribution, manufacturing, general management and quality assurance. He served as Publix's senior vice president of Manufacturing and Distribution before moving to C&S. Charlton earned a Bachelor of Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. 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 185 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers. For Fiscal Year 2012 that ended June 30, 2012, the company generated record sales of more than $42 billion. For more information, visit www.sysco.com or connect with Sysco on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SyscoCorporation or Twitter at www.twitter.com/Sysco_Corp . For important news regarding Sysco, visit the Investor Relations portion of the company's website at www.sysco.com/investors , follow us at www.twitter.com/SyscoStock and download the new Sysco IR App, available on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Market. In addition, investors should also continue to review our press releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is possible that the information we disclose through any of these channels of distribution could be deemed to be material information.
CONTACT: Media: Charley Wilson Vice President, Corporate Communications 281-584-2423 Investors: Neil Russell Vice President, Investor Relations 281-584-1308