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Sysco Names Top Execs in San Fran and Seattle

Catherine Kayser has been promoted to president and ceo of Sysco Food Services of Seattle, Inc., located in Kent, WA. Kayser, who is currently executive vice president of the Seattle operation, will assume her new duties Jan. 1, 2006. She succeeds current president and ceo Robert M. Jenson, who will retire at the end of the calendar year following a 33-year career in the foodservice industry.

Kayser has been involved in the foodservice industry for nearly 25 years. She joined the Seattle operation in 1995 as territory program sales manager, progressed to director of program sales the following year, and in 1997 was named vice president of program sales. Kayser advanced to vice president of sales in 1999, was promoted to senior vice president in 2001 and the following year she was named to her current position.

Kayser is a native of White Plains, NY, and resides in Seattle.

Jenson, 61, began his 27-year SYSCO career in 1978 as executive vice president of the company's Albuquerque, NM, subsidiary. In 1982 he relocated to Sysco's Salt Lake City, Utah company as executive vice president and later that same year he progressed to president and ceo of that company. Jenson was appointed to his current duties at the Seattle operation in 1995.

Jenson attended Fresno State University (Fresno, CA) and the University of Utah, located in his native Salt Lake City. He and his wife, Sarah, have two adult daughters and reside in Seattle.

James W. Ehlers has been appointed president and ceo of Sysco Food Services of San Francisco, Inc., located in Fremont, CA. Ehlers, who currently serves as executive vice president of that operation, will assume his new duties effective Jan. 1, 2006. He succeeds current president and chief executive Michael J. McLoughlin, who is retiring at the end of this calendar year following a 34-year Sysco career.

Ehlers, 50, began his Sysco career in 1980 as a marketing associate at Allied-Sysco Food Services, the predecessor company to the San Francisco operation. He advanced to district sales manager in 1987, was named regional sales manager in 1991, and in 1995 he was promoted to vice president of marketing. Ehlers was appointed senior vice president of sales in 1997 and in 2001 he advanced to his current position.

A native of Oakland, CA, Ehlers attended the University of the Pacific and the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife, Robin, have three children and reside in San Leandro, CA.

McLoughlin, 60, began his Sysco career at the company's Saginaw, MI, operation in 1971, where he held various sales and merchandising positions. He was named president of that company in 1979, a position he held until 1986 when he transferred to serve as president and ceo of Sysco's Chicago operation. McLoughlin relocated to the company's Portland, OR, subsidiary in 1997 to serve in the same capacity and in January 2002 he was named chairman and chief executive officer of that company. He advanced to his current position in July 2002.

McLoughlin is a native of Saginaw, MI. He is a 1971 graduate of Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He has two grown sons and will retire to Montana with his wife, Heidi

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