Pate Dawson Company Announces Three New Leadership Appointments

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (July 11, 2012)—Foodservice distributor Pate Dawson Company announced three new leadership appointments. The announcements come as Pate Dawson embarks on a new strategic direction with its multiple foodservice brands that cover many segments of the restaurant industry.  

Art Quinn has been named vice president of Human Resources with company-wide responsibility. He reports to Pate Dawson Chief Executive Officer Malcom “Mac” Sullivan.

Quinn has many years of HR leadership experience in organizational development and helping market-leading companies create and advance “Work Place of Choice” cultures, including GSK, Yum Brand’s Taco Bell Division, and other diverse manufacturing and distribution companies. In addition, he founded and managed an HR consulting practice focused on executive coaching, organizational change, and HR strategy. He is currently writing a book on the connection between “Best Places to Work” company cultures and creating market-differentiating customer service.

Tim Cipiti has been named vice president of Operations for Pate Dawson-Southern Foods. He will have responsibility for all facets of the Operational function at the companies. He has worked at U.S. Foodservice as vice president of Operations and at Penn Traffic as corporate vice president of Distribution and Logistics. He specializes in change management, continuous improvement through best practices and building teams that support the customer and all points of the supply chain.  He will report to Pate Dawson President David Stansfield.

Rick Stapleton has been named vice president and general manager of Sales for Pate Dawson-Southern Foods. He will have responsibility for both companies’ sales efforts and will oversee financial, strategic, tactical and cultural development of Broadline and Specialty sales. Stapleton brings many years of operational experience in the food industry with management positions at Burger King, PYA Monarch and IFH where most recently he served as vice president of Sales. He will report to Pate Dawson President David Stansfield.

“These appointments of seasoned professionals to our senior leadership team come as we’ve set new strategic direction for growth and expansion at Pate Dawson,” said Sullivan. “We’ve now got in place a new vision, organization structure, business systems and talent to achieve both our short and long-term goals.”

Goldsboro-based Pate Dawson, one of the largest family-owned foodservice distributors in the nation, operates distribution centers in Goldsboro, Greensboro, and Atlanta with a new center scheduled for completion later this year in Statesville, N.C. Pate Dawson serves more than 2,000 restaurant operators in nine Southeastern states.

The fifth-generation, 127-year-old company employs more than 425 associates at its headquarters, distribution facilities and a USDA-inspected facility in Greensboro which offers fresh-cut meats and seafood processed to restaurant customer specifications under the Southern Foods brand.


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