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Gail Allen, First Female Sysco Op-Co President, Dies at 51


Allen was the first ever female president of a major food service distribution company. She began her food service career at I. Feldman and Co. in Washington, D.C., and in 1993 joined Sysco’s Albany division as vice president of merchandising and marketing. She was promoted to the top spot there in 1996, according to the report.

Allen led the op-co through its decision to build a $30 million distribution center in East Greenbush when the company outgrew its Albany facility.

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