Executive Team

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Tracy Moore, Executive Vice President, Procurement

Tracy Moore is Executive Vice President, Procurement, responsible for providing quality service to our retail customers, inventory management, trade relations, margin performance, merchandising and marketing. Tracy has been with C&S since 1992 and has played a key role in the company’s start-ups, preferred program deliverables and our independent retailer marketing and merchandising programs.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Michael Papaleo, Senior Vice President, Fresh Procurement and Merchandising

Michael Papaleo is Senior Vice President, Fresh Procurement and Merchandising, responsible for all fresh products, the damage center and the ISQL operation. Michael has significant industry expertise, joining C&S in 1997 and holding several leadership positions. His prior expertise includes more than 14 years with Twin County Grocers in merchandising and procurement. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Rutgers University.

 

 

Chris Smith, Chief Supply Chain Officer

Chris Smith is responsible for all Operations and Transportation functions across the organization. Chris joined C&S from McKesson, where he spent 13 years in senior leadership for the U.S. distribution business and, most recently, held the position of SVP of the Northeast region. Prior to McKesson, Chris spent 12 years with The Home Depot in progressive logistics and finance leadership roles.