GRAND RAPIDS, MI (September 27, 2010)—Gordon Food Service (GFS) is pleased to announce several changes being made to roles and responsibilities on its executive leadership team. The following changes are a product of the long-range planning process by the Gordon Food Service Board of Directors and will become effective November 1, 2010.
Dan Gordon will assume the role as Chairman of the Board of Gordon Food Service, Inc. Dan has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 20 years and will continue to provide leadership and guidance to the organization.
Jim Gordon will fill the position of CEO and be responsible for all Gordon Food Service North America operations including GFS USA, GFS Canada, and GFS Marketplace®. Jim has been serving as President of GFS USA since 2005.
Tony Groll will be promoted to President of GFS USA and will be responsible for all distribution operations in the U.S. Randy Plekker will move into a newly created role of Executive Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer and will be leading the effort to create, develop, and execute corporate strategies on a North American basis.
Jay Zylstra will be named President of GFS Marketplace and will continue to lead this growing business segment. Kevin Toren has accepted the role as Chief Information Officer for North America.
Continuing in their respective positions, Frank Geier leads the company’s efforts in Canada as President of GFS Canada, and Jeff Maddox serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Gordon Food Service North America.
Commenting on these developments Dan Gordon said, “We are implementing these changes to establish an organizational structure that is built for the future and the continued growth of our business. Our goal is to strengthen resources committed to strategic planning and execution, to direct the company with a more North American approach, and to reinforce the continued leadership by the Gordon family.”