The National Restaurant Association has announced the appointment of Tom Bené as its new president and CEO.
He is set to begin in the role on June 1, 2020, and will also become CEO of the company’s Educational Foundation.
Most recently, Bené served as chairman, president and CEO of Sysco Corporation. Prior to that he was president of PepsiCo Foodservice.
The association’s statement said that Bené will continue its mission to restaurants at local, state and federal levels.
He will also be responsible for promoting the industry to multiple stakeholders, including members, prospective members, industry leaders and allies, government representatives, media, and consumers.
Melvin Rodrigue, chair of the National Restaurant Association Board, said: “Tom brings to the association and foundation decades of experience from across the restaurant and foodservice industry.
“Our industry’s operators, suppliers, and employees have been hardest hit by the coronavirus. Tom’s business acumen coupled with his remarkable record of success will be invaluable for our members and our industry as we begin the process of reopening and rebuilding.
“And, we remain grateful for chief financial and people officer Marvin Irby and his exemplary service as interim CEO during the last five and half months.”