The Women's Foodservice Forum and award sponsor Ecolab have recognized Catherine Kayser, market president for Sysco Corp.'s Northeast broadline operations in the U.S., as the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award. The WFF Leadership Award is given annually to a woman executive in the foodservice industry who shows exceptional leadership qualities within their company and the industry at large, and whose professional growth and achievements are recognized through career advancement.

“Catherine Kayser is exactly what we have envisioned as a recipient for this year’s Leadership Award,” offers Anna Mason, general manager and vice president of operations for WFF. “She has supported our leadership development programs and has become an excellent role model for the women of the foodservice industry, Sysco, and WFF.”

For the past 15 years, Kayser has been an innovator in the foodservice field, continually supporting efforts behind diversity and inclusion, and directly assisting women in their professional career growth at Sysco, WFF notes in their release announcing the award. The release adds that she has had lasting influence on internal leaders and teams through her cultivation of their career goals and development.

“All of us at Sysco are proud of Catherine Kayser for earning this highest level of recognition among women in the foodservice industry,” says Sysco President/CEO Bill DeLaney. “Her nearly two decades at Sysco includes a long list of professional achievements, a history of creating and motivating high-performing teams, and a track record of demonstrating courageous leadership all while supporting and motivating her teammates toward greater professional growth and success.”

“For many years, Ecolab has supported the WFF’s vision of advancing women in foodservice through our annual sponsorship of the Leadership Award,” says Ecolab Chairman/CEO Douglas Baker, Jr. “We applaud the efforts of Catherine Kayser to foster individual growth and help make foodservice an industry of opportunity for women, both now and in the future.”