R. Chris Kreidler
Chris Kreidler is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Sysco Corporation. At Sysco, he oversees all financial aspects of the company and leads integration planning for the company’s proposed merger with US Foods, the second largest company in the food service industry. With sales in excess of $42 billion, Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food and equipment products to restaurants, health care and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. The company operates 185 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers.
Prior to joining Sysco in 2009, Chris was executive vice president and chief financial officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., the second largest supplier to the retail grocery industry and one of the largest private companies in the U.S. At C&S, he was responsible for the company’s finance functions as well as corporate strategy, M&A activities, internal auditing, real estate strategy, chain customer sales and service and the company’s retail grocery store operations, which included the Grand Union, Southern Family Markets and Piggly Wiggly banners.
Prior to C&S, Chris enjoyed a very successful eleven years at YUM! Brands, Inc., the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W All-American Food Restaurants and Long John Silver’s. At YUM! Brands, he held roles of increasing responsibility in the finance arena, serving for his two final years as senior vice president, corporate strategy and treasurer. Chris began his career with the small investment banking firm led by T. Boone Pickens, where he worked his way up to partner.
Chris is a graduate of Rice University, where he earned a B.A. in managerial studies and economics as well as an MBA in management information systems, accounting and marketing. He is also a member of the Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers at Rice University.