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UFPC Promotes Key Senior Staff, Prepares for International Sourcing

Louisville, Ky. — Dec. 1, 2008 —

Daniel E. Woodside, President and Chief Executive Officer of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC (UFPC), has announced the following changes to its senior leadership team:

Ron Burks has been promoted to Senior Vice President, International Sourcing and Pizza Hut National Purchasing Co-op, Inc. Burks joined UFPC from Tricon International Restaurants in 1999.

“UFPC will benefit from his international experience, as Ron will have responsibility for UFPC’s work in global sourcing and provide support to Yum! Brands’ international franchise markets,” Woodside said.

Burks will continue to have overall responsibility for the Pizza Hut Concept Co-op as well as the dairy sourcing/risk management team.

Sam Khoury has been promoted to Vice President, Pizza Hut Concept Co-op. In his new position, Khoury will oversee the food, paper and equipment program management teams, as well as the wheat/grain product sourcing team. Sam will continue to report to Ron Burks, Senior Vice President, Pizza Hut Concept Co-op, with an additional reporting relationship to Daniel Woodside.

“As a leader of the Pizza Hut food and paper program management team since 2003, Sam has proven the value of his leadership to the Pizza Hut system,” Woodside said.

Pete Suerken has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Centralized Purchasing and Commodity Risk Management. Suerken joined UFPC in 2004 to lead the commodity risk management team and was named Vice President of Centralized Purchasing and Commodity Risk Management in 2006. 

“Pete has developed a team that provides strong support to all our concept co-ops,” Woodside said. “This promotion recognizes the importance and high performance of our Commodity and Centralized Purchasing Team under Pete’s leadership.”

UFPC is the exclusive supply chain management organization for Yum! Brands, Inc. UFPC manages the supply chain for all corporate- and most franchise-owned A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurant outlets in the United States. UFPC negotiates volume purchases of equipment, food, packaging and other supplies from manufacturers and suppliers for purchase by operators.




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