CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 2, 2015) American Tire Distributors announced today that Stuart Schuette will join the company as Chief Executive Officer effective January 4, 2016 replacing William "Bill" Berry who announced his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Schuette most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of US Foods, the second largest foodservice distribution company in America with over $23 billion in annual revenue and approximately 24,000 employees. US Foods offers more than 350,000 nationally branded products along with its own exclusively branded items across multiple food and non-food categories. In his role as Chief Operating Officer of US Foods, Mr. Schuette oversaw the operational and administrative functions across over 60 locations servicing more than 250,000 customers nationwide.
"I look forward to leading the American Tire Distributors team and building on the strong record of performance they have achieved under Bill Berry's leadership," commented Mr. Schuette. "ATD's focus on operational excellence in serving its customers across the U.S. and Canada has established a firm foundation for the business. My goal will be to drive the innovation necessary to continue to grow the business and exceed our customers' expectations," Mr. Schuette added.
During Mr. Schuette's 20-year career at US Foods, he held a variety of executive Sales, Finance and Operations positions and, most recently, was critically involved in the transformation of the US Foods brand, sales and functional organization. Prior to joining US Foods, Mr. Schuette was an executive at Martin Brower, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, LLC, and the world's largest distributor of products to more than 8,400 McDonald's restaurants. Mr. Schuette began his career at Arthur Andersen in Chicago. Mr. Schuette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business administration from Illinois State University.
Bill Berry, ATD's current President and CEO, who will retire and transition his executive responsibilities to Mr. Schuette, said, "Stuart's broad experience and record of achievement in the foodservice distribution industry positions him well to lead ATD. I am proud of all that the ATD team has accomplished and am confident that Stuart will continue to grow the business and guide the company to future success," Mr. Berry added.
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American Tire Distributors
American Tire Distributors is one of the largest independent suppliers of tires to the replacement tire market. It operates over 140 distribution centers, including 27 distribution centers in Canada, serving approximately 70,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada. The company offers an unsurpassed breadth and depth of inventory, frequent delivery and value-added services to tire and automotive service customers. American Tire Distributors employs approximately 3,500 employees across its distribution center network, including approximately 200 employees in Canada.