HF Foods Group Inc., a food distributor to Asian restaurants across the Southeast, Pacific and Mountain West regions of the United States, has named Russell Libby, a food distribution industry veteran and service-oriented c-suite executive, to its board of directors.
Libby has replaced the outgoing director, Zhehui Ni, who resigned effective June 30, due to personal and professional obligations. As a result of the change, the company’s board of directors remained composed of five directors, including three independent directors and two inside directors.
Libby has nearly 30 years of comprehensive global experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, business development, international business, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. From 2007 to 2019, he held numerous leadership positions at Sysco Corp. and most recently served as the company’s EVP and corporate secretary.
Prior to his career with Sysco, Libby served as president of COFRA North America and VP of legal for Good Energies Inc., an investment advisor to private equity and venture capital funds. During his career, he also has worked as general counsel, VP of human resources and secretary at Liuski International Inc., a computer distribution and manufacturing company, and as a corporate associate with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, a full-service law firm in Atlanta.
Libby holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.
“On behalf of the company and the board of directors, I’d like to personally welcome Mr. Libby aboard HF Foods Group,” said Peter Zhang, co-CEO of HF Foods. “The knowledge and skills he has developed from his many years in food distribution management and operations, as well as in financial markets, will be of great value to our organization as we work to grow the business and generate value for the betterment of our customers, employees, and shareholders.”
Libby commented: “I look forward to leveraging my expertise to help HF Foods navigate the challenges the entire foodservice industry is facing as we emerge from the pandemic, and once complete, to help better position the Company for the next phase of growth.”
HF Foods Group Inc., headquartered in City of Industry, California, is a marketer and distributor of fresh produce, frozen and dry food and non-food products to primarily Asian/Chinese restaurants and other foodservice customers throughout the Southeast, Pacific and Mountain West regions of the United States. With 14 distribution centers along the U.S. eastern and western seaboards, HF Foods aims to supply the increasing demand for Asian American restaurant cuisine.