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, chief executive officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers, is 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 is chief legal officer for C&S Wholesale Grocers, responsible for in-house corporate, compliance and labor, and employment teams legal operations. Bill has extensive industry expertise having led legal teams at Imperial Dade, Athletes Performance and Polaroid Corporate, as well as being C&S’s chief legal officer for 10 years (2009-2019). Bill has a diverse educational background, with a J.D. from Duke University, M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.A. in both history and psychology from Williams College.
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.
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 of finance of the Global Grooming Group and assistant corporate controller.
Tracy Moore, executive vice president, procurement
Tracy Moore, executive vice president, procurement, is 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.
Miriam Ort, chief human resources officer
Miriam Ort is responsible for leading the human resources and communications organizations. Miriam joined C&S from Avis Budget Group, where she served as senior vice president, human resources, Americas. Prior to Avis, Miriam spent nearly a decade in executive HR roles at PepsiCo, before which she was head of talent management for Avon Products, North America. An accomplished author and speaker, Miriam coauthored the bestselling book One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value from Harvard Business Press.
Michael Papaleo, senior vice president, fresh procurement and merchandising
Michael Papaleo, senior vice president, fresh procurement and merchandising, is 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 senior vice president of the Northeast region. Prior to McKesson, Chris spent 12 years with The Home Depot in progressive logistics and finance leadership roles.