Rosemont, Illinois-based U.S. Foods has announced that Dave Flitman will become CEO, effective Jan. 5. Flitman will also be a member of the company’s board of directors.
Flitman brings global business leadership, executive management skills and extensive commercial distribution experience, along with expertise in operational excellence, supply chain and general management with more than 35 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution across multiple industries, including food distribution.
“After a thoughtful and thorough search for the future leader of our great company, I am thrilled that Dave Flitman will join U.S. Foods as CEO and a member of our talented board,” said Bob Dutkowsky, executive chairman, U.S. Foods.
“Dave is a highly accomplished executive who brings an impressive combination of CEO, supply chain and commercial experience and a proven track record of driving operational excellence, profitable growth, shareholder returns and a people-centric, high-performing culture. On behalf of our board, I am delighted to welcome Dave to the U.S. Foods team.”
Since April 2021, Flitman has served as president and CEO of Builders FirstSource, a supplier of building products, prefabricated components and value-added services. He was president and CEO at BMC Stock Holdings, prior to the merger of the two companies. In these roles, he led his teams to deliver growth and profitability, exceed merger-related synergies in less than half the committed time and generate returns for shareholders.
From 2015-18, Flitman was president and CEO of Performance Foodservice, the largest segment of Performance Food Group, a U.S. foodservice distribution company. Prior to that, he served as COO and president, USA and Latin America at Univar; senior EVP at Nalco; EVP and president, water and process services at Ecolab and president at Allegheny Power. Flitman began his career at DuPont where he spent two decades in various operational, commercial and global business leadership positions.
“This is a perfect time to join U.S. Foods,” Flitman said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to lead U.S. Foods into the future, alongside its 28,000 employees. I look forward to building on the momentum the team has built in executing the company’s long-range plan, driving operational excellence, creating value for our customers and shareholders and fostering a culture where employees thrive.”
With a permanent CEO in place, Bob Dutkowsky will become the non-executive chairman of the board, effective Jan. 5.
Andrew Iacobucci, interim CEO, will continue to lead U.S. Foods until Flitman joins the company.