Board of Directors

Christopher Pappas is our founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 1985 and has been our chairman since March 1, 2011. He has been our president since April 11, 2009 and before that was our president from our formation to January 1, 2007. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Pappas played basketball professionally in Europe for several years following his graduation from Adelphi University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Mr. Pappas currently oversees all of our business activities, with a focus on product procurement, sales, marketing and strategy development. Mr. Pappas's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive knowledge of our company and the specialty food products distribution business and his years of leadership at the Company.

John DeBenedetti currently serves as our Executive Vice President of Protein, a position he has held since our acquisition of Del Monte on April 6, 2015, and he has served as a director on our Board of Directors since May 15, 2015. From 1998 to April 6, 2015, Mr. DeBenedetti served as President and CEO of Del Monte Meat Co. and Ports Seafood. Throughout his career, Mr. DeBenedetti has been extremely active in the foodservice industry, including serving for two consecutive appointments as Chairman and President of the North American Meat Processors Association (North American Meat Institute), and on various committees, while serving as Chairman of the meat industry’s Meat Buyer’s Guide. Mr. DeBenedetti earned a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Southern California in Entrepreneurial Studies in 1995. Mr. DeBenedetti’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his more than 20 years of experience in the protein processing and distribution industry, as well as his leadership experience with Del Monte Meat Co. and Ports Seafood.

John Pappas is a founder of our company and currently serves as our vice chairman, a position he has held since March 1, 2011. From our founding in 1985 to March 1, 2011, he served as our chief operating officer. He has 25 years of experience in logistics, facility management and global procurement and oversees our network of distribution centers nationwide. Mr. Pappas is also active in the development of our corporate strategy. Mr. Pappas's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive knowledge of our company and the specialty food products distribution industry and his years of leadership at the Company.

Mr. Cerbone brings over 40 years of experience, which have all been spent at Ernst & Young. Most recently he was a senior partner of the national office of Ernst & Young. Prior to that position Mr. Cerbone was a senior partner of transaction advisory services for the company, where he was responsible for structuring, negotiating, facilitating and integrating hundreds of transactions involving global public and private entities in numerous diversified industries. Other positions held at Ernst & Young include cross-border market leader of the transaction advisory services department, a partner of the audit practice and managing partner of the Stamford, CT office.

John A. Couri has been a director of ours since July 2005. Mr. Couri is the president of Couri Foundation, Inc., which was founded in 1988 to operate youth programs for underprivileged children. He is also the president of the Ridgefield Senior Center Foundation, Inc., which operates a senior center in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In 1983, Mr. Couri co-founded Duty Free International (DFI), a New York Stock Exchange-listed public company, now Duty Free Americas, and served as president and chief executive officer of that company until it was sold to BAA in 1997. Mr. Couri served as a member of the Listed Company Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange from January 1993 to December 1995 and served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University from May 2004 to May 2008. Mr. Couri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Business, from Syracuse University and received an honorary doctorate degree from Syracuse University in 2008. Mr. Couri's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his experiences as having been a founder, president and chief executive officer of a publicly traded company, his expertise involving listed companies and his understanding of corporate finance matters.

Joseph Cugine has been a director on our board since September 7, 2012. He is currently the president of BarFresh Food Group, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer of pre-packaged all natural blended beverages; the owner of Cugine Foods, which owns restaurant franchises in New York; and co-founder and partner of a multi-unit restaurant and real estate holding company in New Jersey. Previously, Mr. Cugine was the president and co-owner of Argo Tea, a retail and wholesale tea company based in Chicago, from 2011-2014 and, prior to that, was chief customer officer and senior vice president of PepsiCo Foodservice division from 2004-2010. Prior to that role, he held a series of general manager and sales leadership roles throughout PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Cugine serves as a member of the board of directors of BarFresh, R4 Technology and the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Mr. Cugine's qualifications to serve on the Board include his more than 25 years of experience in the food distribution industry, as well as his general business and investing background.

Mr. Goldstone brings over 35 years of leadership experience. Mr. Goldstone is non-executive chairman of ConAgra Foods, Inc. one of the largest manufacturers of packaged food products in the U.S and a director of Greenhill & Co. He has been a director of two other New York Stock Exchange firms, American Standard Companies, and Merck & Company, Inc. From 1978 to 1995, Mr. Goldstone was a partner in the New York City law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Goldstone advised corporate clients on many of the largest national and international mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities matters of the day. From 1995 to 2000, Steven F. Goldstone was chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. one of the world's largest consumer product companies. Mr. Goldstone currently manages Silver Spring Group, a private investment firm.

Mr. Guarino brings over 24 years of global recruiting and talent management experience and currently serves as a senior partner in the Board Services and CEO practice of Korn Ferry International. In 1993, Mr. Guarino launched the start-up company Cornell International that grew into a top ranked firm engaged in retained executive search and strategic human resource consulting on Wall Street and was sold to Adecco in March of 2007. Prior to that role, he served as chief operating officer of Career Directions, a regional staffing firm; as a department head in Global Securities Processing at The Bank of New York; and as a captain in the US Army. Currently, Mr. Guarino is the vice chairman of Global Financial Markets at Korn Ferry International after having served as the global sector leader of FinTech, Electronic Trading, and Transaction Services at Korn Ferry International from 2007 until April 2012.

Mr. Hanson was the founder and president of B.R. Guest Restaurants, a New York multi-concept operator that began with one restaurant in 1987 and has since expanded to over 20 properties in New York City, Las Vegas and Florida. Mr. Hanson retired in 2013. Mr. Hanson is a member of the Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumers Council for New York City, a position he has held since January 2011. He also sits on the boards of directors for Publicolor, a not-for-profit organization that uses color, collaboration, design and the painting process to empower students to transform themselves, their schools and their communities, and City Harvest, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in New York City. Mr. Hanson earned a business degree from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1976. Mr. Hanson's qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his more than twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry, as well as his general business and investing background.

Ms. Oliver brings over 25 years of media and entertainment experience to her appointment. Known for her innovative branding strategies, business development expertise, creativity, and an unparalleled understanding and commitment to customer service, Ms. Oliver looks forward to bringing her unique skillset to the Chefs' Warehouse board. Ms. Oliver is a founding Principal at the global philanthropic consulting firm Bloomberg Associates, which was established by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help improve the lives of citizens in cities around the world. Ms. Oliver oversees the media and technology portfolio, advising mayors and international civic leaders on economic development and public communications strategies and helping them harness the power of media and technology to improve government services. Ms. Oliver also advises a diverse range of corporate, cultural and non-profit organizations, including Bloomberg L.P., on cutting-edge content creation and marketing strategies. From 2002-2013 Ms. Oliver served under Mayor Bloomberg as New York City's Commissioner of Media & EntertainmentMedia & Entertainment. During her tenure, New York's media and entertainment industry saw its strongest growth in history, supporting 130,000 jobs and generating direct spending of $7.1 billion annually. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Ms. Oliver was the General Manager of Bloomberg Radio & Television.