Industry News | March 13, 2012

CEO of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-Op to Retire

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Daniel E. Woodside, president and CEO of Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op, LLC, announced his intention to retire today after 13 years with the company. UFPC is the exclusive supply chain management organization for Yum! Brands, Inc. and its national restaurant systems: KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, plus the independent brands of A&W and Long John Silver’s. 

The UFPC board of directors has formed a search committee for Woodside’s successor and will review both internal and external candidates. Woodside will participate in this process and will remain for a period of time to work with the selected individual.

“On behalf of the UFPC board of directors, we are extremely grateful to Dan Woodside for his enormous contributions, inspired leadership, and passionate commitment to excellence,” says Neil Borkan, chairman of the UFPC board of directors. “Dan has been instrumental in forming and building UFPC into the $5+ billion purchasing power that it is today.”

The leadership of Woodside, working in tandem with the UFPC board of directors and the concept boards, propelled UFPC to become the world-class purchasing organization that it is today. By focusing on excellence in purchasing, program management, and distribution, and pushing creative solutions to create value, Woodside has earned the trust and respect of UFPC’s owners, business partners, boards of directors, and team members.

Woodside encouraged UFPC to accomplish greater achievements by driving strategy, growth, and team member development that resulted in UFPC’s status as a leader in commodity risk management.

Before his current position with UFPC, Woodside served as chief operating officer of UniPro Foodservice, Inc.; president of EMCO Foodservice; and held numerous sales and marketing positions with General Foods Corp.

Woodside is on the foundation boards of the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Jewish Hospital, and The Heuser Hearing Institute. He resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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