Abbey, who currently serves as assistant vice president, contract sales, will assume his new position effective July 1.
Abbey, 59, joined the distributorship in 1979 as a district sales manager for the company's Albany, NY, subsidiary. He progressed to general sales manager in 1981, a position he held until 1986 when he was promoted to corporate director of program accounts.
In 1991 Abbey was named regional vice president of multi-unit accounts and in 2005 he was promoted to his current position. Prior to joining Sysco, he served for 13 years in various sales and management positions with Interstate Brands Corp.
Abbey was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. He has three adult children and five grandchildren and will relocate to the Houston area in the near future.