Fernandez will be the sixth chairman in Sysco's 40-year history. He currently is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, and Corporate Sustainability Committee on Sysco's Board of Directors.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Sysco in my newly expanded role, including partnering with vice chairman Ken Spitler and forthcoming chief executive officer Bill DeLaney," said Fernandez. "Sysco's ability to offer innovative services, as well as quality-assured products to help our customers be more successful, has allowed us to increase our position as North America's leading foodservice distributor. The long history of company success and the highly experienced management team at Sysco provides a platform of financial strength and operational excellence from which we will continue to build upon."
Fernandez, 62, has served as a director of Sysco since November 2006. He is the former chairman, president, and ceo of Gartner Inc. Previously, he was president and ceo at Dataquest Inc., Gavilan Computer Corp., and Zilog Inc. Fernandez also serves on the board of directors of Brunswick Corp., Flowers Foods Inc., and The Black & Decker Corp.