Pro*Act, Monterey, Calif., has hired H.O. “Chip” Walker III as president and CEO.
Walker most recently was CEO of Frosty Acres, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based foodservice cooperative supplying broadline distributors. He officially joins Pro*Act on Sept. 1
Walker has 25 years of experience in foodservice distribution. He was at Hillshire Brands’ Sara Lee Foodservice for almost 10 years, with roles including director of sales. He also was at US Foodservice and Sanderson Farms.
“This process started with us determined to find someone who had the right tools, experience and drive to lead Pro*Act during a challenging time for our industry, and the people we serve,” Jorge Vazquez, president of Freedom Fresh and Pro*Act office of the chairman member, said in the release. “Chip exemplifies those qualities — he is someone who sees these challenges as opportunities.”
“After an exhaustive six-month search that included input from partners across our supply chain, we’re excited to hire someone uniquely situated to exceed the experience, qualities, and vision that we have been seeking” Greg Rowe, CEO of Hardie’s and a member of the Pro*Act office of the chairman, said in the release.
“I’ve long admired the companies, people, and passion that have given Pro*Act their great reputation and have been impressed with the deliberate steps they take to bring value to their customers, members, suppliers and communities,” Walker said in the release.
Walker has served on the International Foodservice Distributors Association board of directors.
He succeeds Max Yeater, who left Pro*Act in November.