SYSCO Names e-Biz VP

20-year company vet takes on supplier integration, supply chain administration services at food services giant

Houston  February 18, 2003  Food services giant SYSCO Corporation has tapped company veteran Cameron L. Blakely to be vice president for e-business and to head up the company's supplier services efforts.

Blakely, a 20-year man at SYSCO, previously was assistant vice president for e-business, and he will continue administering SYSCO's ongoing e-business initiatives, according to a company statement.

In addition, he will head up supplier services at Baugh Supply Chain Cooperative (BSCC), formerly SYSCO's merchandising services department. He will be responsible for Baugh Supply Chain administration services and supplier integration activities that will directly support the company's national supply chain initiative.

Blakely, 43, began his 20-year SYSCO career in 1983 as assistant controller of its procurement organization in Kansas City, Mo., and was named controller the following year. In 1987 he transferred to the corporate headquarters as an internal auditor for the operations review department and progressed to a variety of management positions before being named director of that department in 1992.

Blakely transferred to the information services department in the fall of 1992 as a senior director and participated in the design and rollout of the SYSCO Uniform System (SUS), a company-wide upgrade of management information systems, and the SYSCO warehouse management system (SWMS), a warehouse and labor management application.

Blakely was promoted to vice president of finance and chief financial officer of SYSCO's Palm Beach, Fla., operation in 1997 and later that year transferred to SYSCO's Nashville, Tenn., subsidiary to serve in the same capacity. He returned to the corporate office in 2000 when he was appointed assistant vice president.

SYSCO, the largest foodservice marketing and distribution organization in North America, generated sales of $24.7 billion for calendar year 2002. The company's 146 distribution locations in the United States and Canada provide food and related products and services to approximately 415,000 restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other foodservice customers.