ROSEMONT, Ill. — John A. Lederer, the former president of Loblaw Cos. who had recently engineered a makeover at New York City's Duane Reade drug store chain, has been named president and chief executive officer of U.S. Foodservice, based here, the company said Friday.
"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, in a prepared statement.
"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."
Lederer is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Duane Reade, which was recently acquired by Walgreens. He had joined Duane Reade in 2008 after 30 years at Loblaw, which is Canada's largest supermarket chain.
U.S. Foodservice is a national foodservice distribution company formerly owned by Netherlands-based Ahold and now under the control of private equity.