DMA Announces Pat Mulhern as CEO/President

2020-09-03 14:49:50

Schaumburg, IL  Distribution Market Advantage, Inc. (DMA) announced today that Pat Mulhern has agreed to the role of CEO and President effective April 3rd.  Mulhern will follow Dan Cox, who is retiring after 10 years at DMA; the last five as its CEO and President.    

Pat Mulhern's foodservice career includes nearly 25 years which began in multi-unit restaurants.  He has spent 20 years in leadership roles with US Foodservice, Vistar (now Performance Food Group), Alliant Foodservice and Kraft.

“I am looking forward to working with a fantastic network of foodservice distributors, and the experienced DMA team.  Our goal is to be the first choice provider of distribution and supply chain solutions to North America’s leading multi-unit operations.  We will bring professional and contemporary solutions that reflect our experience, our coast to coast coverage, and our people. We will be counted on to help our customers continue to win in a dynamic and challenging industry.”

Kent McClelland, Chairman of the DMA Board of Directors and CEO of Shamrock Foods Company commented, “We are very excited to welcome Pat into the DMA family.  His industry experience and leadership will allow us to continue to build on our tradition of building great relationships with customers and members.”

Cox joined the DMA Board of Directors in 1999 and then the DMA staff full time in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer.  He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012, and during his tenure, DMA nearly tripled in size. 

Dan said, "I am proud to have been a part of DMA's significant growth and expansion, which has enabled us to develop new technologies and processes for our Chain Operator Customers and Distributor Members.  We are very fortunate to have someone with Pat’s industry experience and expertise to join us at DMA.  Pat’s knowledge and leadership will allow DMA to continue to develop the supply chain solutions that National operators need to compete in this ever changing foodservice environment."

Kent McClelland commented, "Dan has played an important role in leading DMA and successfully expanding DMA's customer base.  The Board is grateful for Dan’s work over the last 10 years and very appreciative of Dan's contributions to DMA."

Dan will continue serving on the Board of Directors as Director.   

About DMA

DMA creates and delivers customized distribution and supply chain solutions for multi-unit operators in the foodservice industry. The company is owned by eight leading foodservice distributors. They include, Ben E. Keith Foods, Gordon Food Service, HPC Foodservice, Jacmar Foodservice, Nicholas & Company, Reinhart Foodservice, Services Group of America and Shamrock Foods Company. Combined annual sales of the organization’s 104 North American warehouses exceed $25 billion.       


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