Sysco Corporation has elected three new directors—Daniel Brutto, Bradley Halverson, and Edward Shirley. This move will expand the size of the board to 15 members as the company continues its ongoing refreshment efforts.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dan, Brad, and Ed to our board,” said Jackie M. Ward, Sysco's Chairman of the Board. “The extensive management and corporate strategy expertise they’ve amassed during their distinct and distinguished careers, along with experience in finance, mergers & acquisitions, information systems, international business, and market/brand development, will be extremely valuable to Sysco and add fresh, new perspective, and leadership capabilities to our board.”
The newly-elected board members are as follows:
Daniel J. Brutto
Brutto’s career as spanned 38 years at UPS, serving most recently as President of UPS International and Senior Vice President of UPS, from January 2008 until his retirement in June 2013. Brutto’s career provided him with extensive experience in executive leadership/management, strategy development, business operations, finance, information systems, mergers and acquisitions, marketing, and international/global operations, Sysco says.
Bradley M. Halverson
Halverson currently serves as Group President, Financial Products and Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer of construction and mining equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar. During his nearly 30-year career with the company and his prior service with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Halverson developed an expertise in accounting, financial reporting, and corporate finance, as well as garnering leadership experience in the areas of executive management, corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, information technology systems oversight, and international business.
Edward D. Shirley
Having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited from 2012 to 2014, Shirley has added foodservice experience to his combined 32 years with The Procter & Gamble Company, 27 of those as a senior executive with The Gillette Company. This lengthy time with large consumer products companies helped Shirley gain strong expertise in the areas of executive leadership, strategy development, marketing/brand development, and business operations.
Upon the announcement of the new directors, Sysco also revealed in a press release its intention to maintain a board size of 10 to 15 members. Sysco has established a 15-year, phased director tenure limitation, and all three of the newly-elected directors will stand for re-election at Sysco’s next Annual Meeting of Stockholders on November 16, 2016.