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 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and is the third generation of the Cohen family to lead the company. Rick grew up in the business, working for his father, Lester Cohen, during the summers until his graduation from college in 1974, when he came to work full time at C&S. Rick became CEO in 1989 and continues to lead the company in the proud, innovative tradition of his father and grandfather.

George Dramalis

Chief Information Officer

George Dramalis has primary responsibility for the day-to-day operations of Information Services for the company. He joined C&S in 2011 from Sharp Electronics Corporation where he served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to Sharp, George worked for KPMG Consulting as Manager of Systems Implementation supporting clients such as Compaq, Deutche Bank, Kodak, Tyson Foods, and U.S. Cellular.

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.

Mike Newbold

Chief Administrative Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Mike is responsible for the Corporate Development and Legal functions, as well as Real Estate, Compliance, and Government Relations. Since joining C&S in 2005 as General Counsel, Mike has played a central role in virtually all of C&S’s significant customer supply agreements and has led the company’s mergers and acquisitions activity. 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.

Alejandro Rodriguez Bas

Executive Vice President, New Business and Market Development

Alejandro Rodriguez Bas leads the development and operations of new business and market opportunities for C&S. Alejandro joined C&S in 2014 from Grupo LALA, the largest dairy company in Latin America, where he was Chief Executive Officer. He had previously spent 10 years with PepsiCo in executive leadership positions worldwide.

Joseph Schena

Chief Financial Officer

Joseph Schena leads all financial functions for C&S, including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis, internal controls, quality assurance, and inventory control. Joe joined the company in 2014, having previously been Chief Financial Officer for Bacardi Limited. Prior to working for Bacardi, he was a Partner at Centerview Capital and held executive positions with Gillette, Nabisco, and Kraft Foods.

Amanda Whalen

Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Innovation

Amanda Whalen joined C&S in June 2014 and leads the company's strategy development and execution. Prior to joining C&S, Amanda was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy for Saputo Dairy Foods, the nation's largest manufacturer of extended shelf life dairy products. She began her career at Bain and Company and brings deep experience driving growth and improving operations for food, beverage, and retail companies.