Executive Team

A company is only as strong as its leadership team. As a family-owned business, C&S is currently under the capable leadership of Rick Cohen, the third generation of his family to take the helm of the company.

Rick is supported by a talented and dynamic executive team, including executives from some of America’s largest and best-known companies.  Together, they strive to lead C&S to new levels of achievement and customer service. And because community involvement is part of the C&S corporate culture, you’ll often find our executives hard at work as volunteers in their communities.

Rick Cohen

Chairman and CEO

Rick Cohen is the third generation of the Cohen family to lead the Company. Rick grew up in the business, working summers until his graduation from college in 1974, when he came to work full time at C&S. Rick became CEO in 1989.  In 2002, Rick was a national finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). His community service includes membership on the Board of Overseers at Dartmouth Medical Center.

Mark Verdi


Mark Verdi is President of the company, overseeing all aspects of strategy and execution.  Mark joined C&S in March 2014 from Bain Capital, where he was Managing Director and Co-head of their Global Portfolio Group. Prior to joining Bain Capital in 2004, he led the Financial Services Business Transformation Group at IBM Global Services. From 1996 to 2001, Mark was Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations of Mainspring, Inc. He started his career at Price Waterhouse in 1988.

Peter Fiore

Executive Vice President, Distribution Services

Peter is responsible for the Warehouse, Transportation, and Facilities & Maintenance operations for the organization. Peter began his distribution career as a warehouse selector with Purity Supreme in 1978 and quickly began rising through leadership positions, directing their Perishable Maintenance, and Transportation operations. He then played a key role in C&S' acquisition of Purity Supreme in 1992 when he joined C&S. Since joining the company, Peter has held multiple leadership roles in our organization and was most recently Senior Vice President, Warehouse Operations.

Bruce Johnson

Executive Vice President, Chief Organization Effectiveness Officer

Bruce Johnson is responsisble for critical projects across the company, as well as oversight of IT, Field HR, Aviation, and Labor Relations Strategy and Execution. Bruce joined C&S in 2007 as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and led the company through successful advancements in talent management, labor relations, employee safety, and organizational development.

Mike Newbold

Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Mike is responsible for the Finance, Legal and Corporate Development functions. Since joining C&S in 2005 as General Counsel, Mike has played a central role in virtually all of C&S’s significant customer transactions and mergers and acquisitions. As CAO, Mike is also deeply involved in the daily management of the business and strategic planning for the organization.

Bob Palmer

Executive Vice President, Procurement and Sales

Bob Palmer is responsible for the management of all procurement, merchandising, marketing, trade relations and supply chain initiatives in perishables and non-perishables. Bob joined C&S in February 1986 as Head Buyer and served as the Director of Procurement until 1995 when he was promoted to Vice President. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Nonperishable Procurement in October 1996.