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

Executive Chairman

Rick Cohen is Executive Chairman 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.

Mike Duffy

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Duffy is Chief Executive Officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers, responsible for all aspects of the company strategy, growth plan, customer satisfaction, and day-to-day operations. Mike has developed significant industry expertise through his work with The Gillette Company, P&G (following its acquisition of Gillette), and Cardinal Health. He earned both a bachelor's degree in Operations Research and a master's degree in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bill Boyd

Chief Legal Officer

Bill Boyd leads all in-house corporate, compliance, and labor and employment teams for the company. Since joining C&S in 2009, Bill has been integral to all business expansion intiatives. He was previously a member of the senior leadership teams at Athletes' Performence and Polaroid Corporation and gained corporate law and deal experience with the firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP.

Joe Cavaliere

Chief Commercial Officer

Joe Cavaliere is responsible for the company’s customer development strategy and leadership for the Sales and division organizations. Joe came to C&S with more than 30 years of general management and sales experience, having led national sales organizations at Kraft Foods, Unilever, and Newell Rubbermaid. Most recently, he was President and Global Chief Customer Officer at Newell Brands with accountability for the global customer development function and geographic responsibility for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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 Fiore 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.

Asad Husain

Chief Human Resources Officer

Asad Husain is responsible for all talent management, leadership development, human resources management, and organizational development strategies and initiatives for the company. Asad joined C&S from Big Hearts Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Foods Pet Products) where he was Executive Vice President and CHRO. Prior to Big Heart Pet Brands, Asad held senior Human Resources positions at Dun & Bradstreet, Procter & Gamble, and The Gillette Company.

Kevin McNamara

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin McNamara is Chief Financial Officer, responsible for leading the financial strategy for the company. Kevin joined C&S from Bacardi Limited, where he was Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Bacardi, Kevin served as Chief Financial Officer and Administration Officer for Centerplate, Inc. He also spent 18 years at The Gillette Company in increasing roles of responsibility, including Vice President Finance of the Global Grooming Group and Assistant Corporate Controller.

Mike Newbold

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Mike Newbold's primary focus is on sourcing and executing strategic transactions, including M&A and large customer transactions. 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.

Bob Palmer

Chief Procurement Officer

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.

Joseph Schena

Chief of Staff

Joseph Schena provides strategic advisement to the Board and Executive Team for all C&S Family of Companies initiatives. 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.

Chris Smith

Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Chris Smith is Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers, responsible for all Operations and Transportation functions across the organization. A seasoned supply chain and distribution executive with a finance background, Smith has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience. He joined C&S from McKesson, where he has spent 13 successful years in senior leadership for the U.S. distribution business and, most recently, held the position of SVP of the Northeast region.