Houston, Texas-based Sysco Corp., a global foodservice distribution company, has appointed three new directors – Ali Dibadj, Jill M. Golder and Alison Kenney Paul – to the board, effective Jan. 1. This will expand the board to 13 members.
These new directors were appointed in connection with the board’s ongoing refreshment efforts and will stand for reelection at Sysco’s next annual meeting of stockholders on Nov. 18, 2022.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ali, Jill and Alison to our board,” said Edward D. Shirley, Sysco’s chairman of the board. “Together, their strong leadership, new perspectives and critical knowledge from experiences across a range of industries will be extremely valuable to Sysco as the company works to achieve its customer-centric ‘Recipe for Growth’ strategy.”
Dibadj, 46, is the CFO and head of strategy at AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. since February 2021. Previously, he served as AB’s head of finance and head of strategy from April 2020 to February 2021, and in 2019, he co-led AB’s Strategy Committee to help senior management chart the strategic vision and course of action for the firm.
Dibadj joined AB in 2006 as a senior research analyst, where he was ranked No. 1 12 times for his coverage of consumer companies. Prior to that, he spent almost a decade in management consulting, including at McKinsey & Co. Over his nearly 25-year career, Dibadj has gained substantial experience in finance and accounting, leadership, communications, investor relations, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and strategy development.
Golder, 59, most recently served as SVP and CFO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. from June 2016 to December 2020. Previously, she served in finance leadership roles at Ruby Tuesday Inc., including as EVP and CFO from June 2014 to April 2016. Prior to that, she spent 23 years at Darden Restaurants Inc., where she served in finance positions of increasing responsibility for several Darden brands, including SVP of finance for Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Specialty Restaurant Group and Red Lobster.
Golder has expertise in the areas of accounting, audit, financial reporting, communications, investor relations, distribution, supply chain and risk management.
Paul, 63, has served as managing director of global alliances for Google Inc. since August 2021, leading a cross-functional team and go-to-market strategy for Alphabet’s Google Cloud business unit.
Previously, she served Deloitte as vice chairman and U.S. leader of the U.S. Retail and Wholesale Distribution practice from August 2008 to June 2021, and as a senior manager in the consumer and retail industry focusing on strategy and operations from 2002 to August 2008. Throughout her career at both corporations and professional services firms, as well as early- and mid-stage startups, Paul has developed experience in the areas of executive leadership, finance, human resources, talent management, global operations, marketing, sales and merchandising, strategy development and digital technology and cybersecurity.
With more than 58,000 associates, Sysco operates 343 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 650,000 customer locations.