It is so rewarding to be actively engaged with WFF at this pivotal time. Our work to LEAD THE WAY to Gender Equity will open new avenues of opportunity for women and make our companies and our industry even stronger.
– Susan Adzick
Sr. Vice President of Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice, Inc
President & CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum
CHAIR – ELECT
Denny Marie Post
President & CEO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
President, National Foodservice and On-Premise
The Coca-Cola Company
EVP & President, Global Institutional
Former, EVP & CFO
Marie Perry is the EVP and Chief Financial Officer for Jamba Juice. Jamba is a lifestyle brand focused on embracing a fun and fit lifestyle by offering premium blended beverages. The number one smoothie brand both in the US and globally, Jamba has more than 900 stores globally. In her current role, Marie leads the Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Legal and Human Resources functions of the organization. Prior to Jamba, Marie served as Senior Vice President, Controller & Treasurer for Brinker International where she oversaw the centralized Accounting function. Additionally, she led Brinker’s Treasury function, supporting a variety of key corporate finance activities including: strategic capital planning, capital markets management, funding initiatives, as well as treasury operations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Perry spent 12 years with American Airlines in various finance and accounting roles, including Managing Director of Corporate Accounting, Managing Director of Revenue Accounting, Manager of Worker Compensation, Manager of Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance Associate. Before joining American, Ms. Perry worked at KPMG as an auditor where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant license. As a leader in the hospitality community, Ms. Perry has invested in numerous organizations and people through her involvement with several professional and civic organizations. This year she will serve as the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Women’s Foodservice Forum and has also served as Board Member (Finance Committee) of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board Member for the Center of Brain Health, past Board Member and active member of Dallas Assembly. She is a graduate of Menttium100 - Executive Development for Women and the United Way’s Dallas Blueprint for Leadership Program. Ms. Perry was also selected as one of “The 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” listed by the Texas Diversity Magazine, and was featured in the “Color of Corporate Success” cover issue of Eclipse Magazine. Ms. Perry holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Ms. Perry is married and lives in Flower Mound, Texas.
EVP & COO, Dairy Foods
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
National Automatic Merchandising Association
Tom became President and CEO and a member of Sysco’s Board of Directors in 2018. He joined Sysco in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, leveraging his broad business experience to guide the merchandising, inbound supply chain and quality assurance functions.
In 2014, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and took on responsibility for the company’s commercial agenda. In 2015, he became Executive Vice President and President, Foodservice Operations, where he added to his prior role, responsibility for all U.S. operations. Tom was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2016.
Prior to joining Sysco, Tom spent 23 years in positions of increasing responsibility at PepsiCo, where he was President of the North American foodservice business.
Chief Procurement Officer, VP
CEO of Schools, North America
SVP, Global Sales
Vice-President Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Julie Juvera is the Vice-President of Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier and a member of the Senior Leadership team for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the fastest growing Restaurant chain in the United States.
At Raising Cane’s, Julie serves as an enterprise-wide, senior business partner for the Restaurants, Business Units and Restaurant Support functions. She works closely with the leadership of the Company to develop and lead overall planning and execution of Crew related strategies. All of which is to ensure the successful execution of the Company’s vision - to build Restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great Crew and cool culture and active community involvement.
A 25-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Julie began her career in Restaurant operations at Bennigan’s. With hands-on Restaurant management experience, she moved to Texas Roadhouse where she utilized this leadership experience to successfully develop a scalable Field-HR team to support Operations with their people needs through the Company’s high velocity of growth. After 16 years with Texas Roadhouse, Julie expanded her experience working in a Private Equity environment for California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). While working at CPK, Julie was instrumental in developing innovative people strategies to support the Company’s successful Next Chapter transformation.
Julie’s experience includes being the Chairperson and President of CPK’s Kindness Fund, a not-for-profit, employee-funded organization that supports fellow employees in their time of need. Julie has also served on the Board of Directors of The Family Scholar House, whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single parent students opportunities in advanced education and she has also been a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Chapter in Louisville, KY.
Julie joined the Board of Directors of the WFF in 2016 after volunteering with the organization for 10 years. She serves as the Board of Director’s Chair of the Leadership and Development Counsel. In her 10+ years of service with the organization, Julie served on many committees including the chair of the Success Talks Committee. In addition, she was presented with several honors in the past including the inaugural “Women Making Their Mark Award.”
She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She and her husband, John, live in Dallas, TX with their two children and lead a very active lifestyle; either running or riding bikes and supporting their kids with baseball and soccer.
Rich Products Corporation
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, North America
Fred Paglia is American Hotel’s Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, North America. In this role, Fred has full P & L responsibility for American Hotel Register Company, a global market leader in the hospitality industry. Fred is a passionate leader known for building high performance cross-functional teams.
Prior to joining American Hotel, Fred served as President of Kerry North American Brands, a world leader in the food and drink industry, with operations in 100 locations across four continents.
Fred’s career also spans many years with Kraft Foodservice North America, where he held a variety of leadership positions: Vice President, Sales & Marketing; President of the Kraft Foods Ingredients business unit; and finally, President of the U.S. Growth Channels business unit, where he had full P & L responsibility for all aspects of this $1.8 billion business. Earlier in his career, Fred spent time with Nabisco Foods Group, heading up the sales effort there as Vice President, Sales, until the company was acquired by Philip Morris and merged with Kraft.
Fred holds a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA from Bentley University. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Foodservice Manufacturer’s Association (IFMA) and the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF).
Former President, East Zone
McDonald's USA, LLC
Chief Transformation & People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc
EVP / President
Brinker International / Chilli's Grill & Bar
Rebecca J. Walsh
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
EVP, President of US Retail Services
Starbucks Coffee Company
As executive vice president, president U.S. Retail, Rossann Williams is responsible for Starbucks retail operations in over 8,000 company-operated stores across the United States. Her seasoned leadership is helping grow the careers of the over 180,000 U.S. store partners (employees), propelling operational excellence, and further elevating the customer and partner experience across the country.
Rossann was previously the senior vice president and president, Starbucks Canada, with leadership responsibilities for the Starbucks business and operations in country, including company-owned retail stores, licensed stores, and the foodservice channel. Rossann is a true steward of Starbucks Mission and Values. She is known for leading courageously and driving positive business results while developing strong teams and leaders.
Prior to assuming leadership of Starbucks Canada, Rossann led the Global Talent function in the Partner Resources (human resources) Organization from 2013-2014. Under her leadership, the team brought new energy and transformative changes to Starbucks approach to acquiring and developing talent.
Rossann held several key Operations leadership roles prior to joining Partner Resources. As interim senior vice president, Global and Americas Operations in 2012 she led global support to Retail Operations Leadership. This included developing the annual operating plan and ensuring execution of the company’s strategic direction. She served as divisional senior vice president for the Sunbelt Division from 2010-2012 leading 4,200 stores and 43,000 partners in six regions across the southern half of the continental United States and Hawaii. Prior to that, Rossann spent three years based in Amsterdam as vice president of Operations, for Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) where she helped build the Starbucks business and ensure operations excellence in more than 28 international markets. Rossann began her career with Starbucks in 2004 as regional vice president in the U.S. Central Zone.
Rossann has been building successful retail businesses for more than 30 years. Her passion for retail and customer connection started when she became owner of a 7-11 franchise in Portland. She went on to hold several retail leadership roles with Toys R Us and Blockbuster. She was Senior Vice President of Operations for Blockbuster Inc. in Texas where she developed and implemented retail operational strategies for its company-operated business in the Central Division before joining Starbucks.
Rossann is a member of the board of directors of Women’s Foodservice Forum. She attended Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon with undergraduate work focused on pre-med. Outside of work, Rossann is an animal lover who likes spending time with family and friends, enjoying the great outdoors, and reading a good book.
VP, HR & Organizational Effectiveness
Business Manager, Executive Office
Manager Partner, Insights & Research
Director, Marketing & Communications
Sr. Manager, Partner Engagement
Elizabeth Brennan Baker, Ground Round
Jenene Garey, PhD, New York University
Joyce Goldstein, Square One
Denise Gorsline, Domino’s Pizza
Marcia Harris, Maryland Restaurant Association
Patricia Harris, McDonald’s
Laura Hayden, Pizza Hut
Florence Jaramillo, Rancho de Chimayo
Edna Morris, Hardee's
Karen Settlemyer, Grand American Fare
Julia Stewart, Stuart Anderson's
Kathleen Talbert, French Culinary Institute
Jo Linda Thompson, California Restaurant Association
Jackie Trujillo, Harman Management Corporation
Barbara Timm Brock
Mary O Broin