Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, today announced the appointment of Chris Synek as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Aramark Uniform Services, effective September 11, 2023, to support the company in delivering its plan to accelerate profitable growth as it approaches the planned spin-off of the uniforms business, anticipated to occur at the end of September.
In this newly created COO position, Synek will lead Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Service and Plant Operations, reporting to Kim Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aramark Uniform Services.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris to our management team. Chris brings a robust and relevant set of career experiences that will serve us well as we move through the execution phase of our strategic plan,” said Scott. “His leadership style will complement our culture of delivering on our financial commitments while taking great care of our customers and teammates.”
Before joining Aramark in 2023, Synek served as CEO for Neovia Logistics, operating in more than 20 countries. Prior to Neovia, he held the position of President of Transportation, North America for XPO Logistics, a multi-billion-dollar division which operates within the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Prior to XPO, Synek held the position of President and CEO for Tervita.
Synek was at Cintas Corporation for the first 16 years of his career. He held the position of Group Vice President before he left to join Allied Waste. At Allied Waste, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Southern Operations prior to the merger with Republic Services in 2008 where he continued as Senior Vice President of Operations until he was appointed Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations in 2011.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world with food, facilities, and uniform services. Because our culture is rooted in service, our employees strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and the planet. Aramark has been recognized on FORTUNE’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and “Top Companies for Supplier Diversity,” Newsweek’s list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2023,” the HRC’s “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” and scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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