Food distributor appoints new CFO

Sysco Corporation has appointed Aaron Alt as its new CFO. He replaces Joel Grade, who moves to Executive Vice President, Business Development.

Sysco, which has its head office in west Houston, has sales of $52 billion and 57,000 employees. Its market capitalization is $38 billion.



Mr Alt joins from Sally Beauty Holdings in Dallas, where he had been CFO since October 2018. Prior to that he spent six years in various roles at Target and eight years at Sara Lee Corporation. Mr Alt will receive a base salary of $775,000 and a one time cash sign-on bonus of $365,000.

Mr Grade, who joined the company in 1996 and had been the CFO for five years, will continue to receive a base salary of $690,000 in his new role. The BD role will be primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions.

Sysco has been making a number of changes since former CEO, Thomas Bené was jettisoned after two years in the role, in January 2020, with a $6 million cash severance. At the time, the Board, which includes activist investor Nelson Peltz, announced that the company needed to ‘accelerate performance, fully capitalize on scale advantages and drive meaningful operating improvements’.

  • New CEO Kevin Hourican joined from CVS Health. He got over $16 million in cash and equity awards to compensate for forfeited equity from CVS.
  • Last month, the company announced that Michael Foster, the Chief Information and Technology Officer, who only joined the company in December 2019, will leave at the end of the year. He will get a $1.3 million severance (2x base salary).
  • At the same time, Judy Sansone joined from CVS Health as Chief Commercial Officer.
  • Tim Ørting joined in September as President of the International Operations.
  • Marie Robinson joined in March 2020 as Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Understandably, top line sales have dropped dramatically due to the pandemic. In the April-June quarter, sales dropped 42%. In the most recent quarter it was a 23% decline.

SEC filing – Sysco CFO

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