Executive Movement

New supply chain appointments at SYSCO, Eckerd

Mesa, AZ — May 15, 2003 — Two new supply chain appointments to report this week, with executives named to posts at foodservice giant SYSCO and at retail drug chain Eckerd.

Houston-based, $24.7 billion SYSCO, North America's largest foodservice marketer and distributor, has named William Day to the newly created position of vice president of supply chain management. He will assume his new duties on June 29, the beginning of SYSCO's fiscal year 2004.

SYSCO said that Day, who currently is the company's assistant controller, has been instrumental in leading SYSCO's supply chain strategy for the past three years and will be responsible for the company's supply chain and redistribution initiatives in his new position.

Day, 46, began his 20-year SYSCO career as a staff accountant at the company's Memphis, Tenn., operation in 1983. The following year he transferred to the corporate headquarters in Houston as a staff auditor in the operations review department. In 1985 he transferred to SYSCO's Atlanta subsidiary as vice president of finance, a position he held until 1987, when he again relocated to Houston as manager of operations review at SYSCO's corporate office.

Day was named director of operations review in 1990 and in 1991 was promoted to director of systems development for applications. In that role, he also served as project leader for SYSCO Uniform Systems (SUS), which was a total redevelopment of the company's entire computer system. Upon completion and pilot rollout of the SUS project in 1995, Day was promoted to controller of SYSCO merchandising services for financial services and in 1999 he was promoted to his current position.

Day is a certified internal auditor (CIA) and represents SYSCO Corp. as a member of the Global Supply Chain Forum.

Meanwhile, Clearwater, Fla.-based Eckerd, one of America's largest retail drug chains, has appointed Albert Abbood to the position of vice president of sales and procurement for front-end merchandising. Abbood reports to Don Gwizdala, Eckerd senior vice president of merchandising.

Prior to joining Eckerd, Abbood held a number of senior sales and procurement positions at Wakefern Food Corp., The Grand Union Co. and Fleming Companies.

"Al brings significant experience in all areas of merchandising, sales and procurement," said Don Gwizdala, Eckerd senior vice president of merchandising. "We are very pleased to have someone with such an accomplished track record join our company's merchandising team."

Eckerd, a subsidiary of J.C. Penney, operates about 2,680 drug stores in 21 states. The company, which had 2002 revenue of $14.6 billion, employs more than 75,000 people.