ROSEMONT, Ill.  (  U.S. Foodservice today announced that John A. Lederer will join the company on September 8, 2010, as its new president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Mr. Lederer is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Duane Reade, a New York based pharmacy retailer recently acquired by Walgreens.

“John is an incredibly accomplished executive whose personal integrity and leadership style are a great fit for the culture at U.S. Foodservice,” said Edward M. Liddy, chairman, U.S. Foodservice. “John also has tremendous depth in enhancing the customer value proposition and improving the customer experience and I’m confident he will be a terrific leader for U.S. Foodservice.”

Mr. Lederer joined Duane Reade in 2008 and led a company-wide revitalization effort. Prior to Duane Reade, he spent 30 years at Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest grocery retailer and wholesale food distributor. Mr. Lederer held a number of leadership roles at Loblaw including President from 2001 to 2006.

Mr. Lederer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. He will be relocating to Chicago prior to starting with U.S. Foodservice.

About U.S. Foodservice

U.S. Foodservice is one of the country’s leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 43,000 national, private label and signature brand items and an array of services to its more than 250,000 customers. The company proudly employs 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide who are poised to serve customers beyond their expectations. As an industry leader, with access to resources beyond the ordinary, U.S. Foodservice provides the finest quality food and related products to neighborhood restaurants, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities, hotels, government entities and other eating establishments.  With approximately $19 billion in annualized revenue, the company is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Visit to discover how U.S. Foodservice can be Your partner beyond the plate®.

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