Performance Food Group, Inc. (PFG) announced that Jim Spatola has been named senior vice president of procurement and Jeff Williamson has been named senior vice president of operations, effective immediately. Both positions are new and report directly to George Holm, president and CEO of PFG.
In his new role, Spatola will oversee procurement for the company with an initial emphasis on improving processes to better serve customers while enhancing PFG’s competitive position and profitability. Spatola joined Vistar Corp., a current division and predecessor company of PFG, in 2005, as president and CEO of Vistar’s Roma business in Hartford, Conn. In 2008, he was promoted to his most recent position as senior vice president of procurement for performance foodservice, a division of PFG. In that role he was responsible for procurement, category management and the food safety initiatives of performance foodservice.
Prior to joining PFG, Spatola spent much of his career at ARAMARK. He held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in sales and distribution there before named vice president of distribution for North America. Spatola first entered the foodservice business as a commissioned salesperson for Spatola-Thompson, a grocery and frozen food distributor operated in Philadelphia, Pa. by his family for almost 100 years.
Spatola earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University.
In his new role, Williamson will oversee PFG’s facilities, construction, inbound logistics, outbound transportation and warehouse functions. He will work closely with operations leaders in PFG divisions to drive and sustain operational excellence throughout the company.
Williamson joined PFG in 2003 as director of warehouse methods and industrial engineering. He was promoted to vice president of warehouse operations before being named senior vice president of operations for performance foodservice in 2008, his most recent position.
Prior to joining PFG, Williamson served as senior manager, distribution systems and process for U.S. Foods from 1996 to 2003. He previously held industrial engineering positions with McClier, an architectural/engineering firm, and standard register.
Williamson earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois.