Univar Names President of USA Business 03/27/2009
Bellevue, Wash. – March 27, 2009 – Univar, the world leader in chemical distribution, today announced the appointment of David Strizzi as president of Univar USA effective April 6, 2009.
Strizzi joins Univar following a 34-year career of progressive leadership and growth with three Fortune 100 companies. He began his career at Procter & Gamble and served as the operations manager for the company’s Duncan Hines facilities. In 1986, Strizzi joined Pepsi Bottling Group where he held senior management positions responsible for all aspects of bottling operations: manufacturing, warehouse, logistics, sales and distribution, technology and customer service processes.
Following the spin-off of the Pepsi Bottling Group in early 1999, Strizzi joined Cardinal Health as the general manager for the pharmaceutical division’s Midwest region, managing a $3 billion business. He rapidly advanced to become executive vice president leading the entire pharmaceutical distribution business, a $70 billion business unit. In September 2006, the company combined the pharmaceutical and medical products divisions and moved to a functional structure. Strizzi assumed accountability for the entire warehouse and transportation operations as senior vice president of the Healthcare Supply Chain Solutions business.
Strizzi will report to Univar’s chief executive officer.
Univar is one of the world’s leading independent distributors of industrial chemicals and providers of related specialty services, operating throughout North America and Europe. Univar endeavors to service its customer base, made up of some 250,000 industrial customers, with a full portfolio of products. The majority are commodities that the company buys in bulk, then processes, blends and repacks to meet the diverse requirements of the industries we serve. Others are specialties – purchased pre-packaged and sold on a technical basis, usually under a manufacturer’s own brand. Univar operates a network of approximately 200 distribution centers located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China. In 2007, Univar reported sales of $8.1 billion. Univar has approximately 7,700 employees based throughout North America, Europe and China. The company’s registered office is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with administrative support offices in Bellevue, Washington, USA, and Bradford, England, UK. For more information, visit: www.univarcorp.com.
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