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Gordon Food Service announced today it has appointed Brent Chrite to the Company’s Board of Directors. He will join the Board effective October 1, 2016.

Chrite currently serves as Dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Previously, he held the deanship at the Montclair State University School of Business in Montclair, New Jersey. In addition, he has been actively involved in creating opportunities and capacities in transition and emerging markets around the world. He has worked extensively with business leaders, policy makers, and entrepreneurs in an effort to harness the progress of the private sector toward the alleviation of poverty.

Chrite grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, his master’s of science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

“I’m delighted to be appointed to the Board of Directors at a company with such a demonstrable commitment to its employees, its customers, and stewardship of its environment and that recognizes the powerful, enduring role of business in our society,” Chrite says. “Gordon Food Service and its leadership team affirm a set of principles and values to which I am deeply committed. I look forward to joining such an extraordinary community.”

Commenting on Brent’s appointment, Gordon Food Service Board Chairman Dan Gordon said, “Brent joins our Board with a breadth of business and academic experience. We look forward to the contributions he will make in helping our family guide Gordon Food Service into the future.”