updated 9/20/2010 7:45:49 AM ET 2010-09-20T11:45:49

HOUSTON, Sept. 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) announced today that Larry C. Glasscock has been appointed to the company's board of directors effective immediately, expanding the size of the board to 12 members. He will be in the classification of directors which will stand for re-election at the November 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and will serve on the board's compensation, corporate governance and nominating, and corporate sustainability committees.

Glasscock, 62, is the former chairman of the board of WellPoint, Inc., one of the largest health benefits companies in the United States. He also served as WellPoint's president and CEO; chairman, president and CEO of Anthem, Inc.; COO of CareFirst, Inc.; president and CEO of Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc.; president of First American Bank, N.A.; and president and CEO of Essex Holdings, Inc.

Manny Fernandez, Sysco's chairman of the board, said, "We are very pleased to welcome Larry to our board. The extensive leadership and corporate strategy expertise he has amassed over the past 30 years, along with his experience in utilizing technology to improve productivity, will be extremely valuable to Sysco."

Glasscock attended Cleveland State University where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later completed the School of International Banking sponsored by the American Bankers Association, and the Commercial Bank Management Program at Columbia University. He currently is a director of Simon Property Group, Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., and Zimmer Holdings, Inc. He and his wife, Lee Ann, have two grown children and reside in Indianapolis.

About Sysco

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 180 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2010 that ended July 3, 2010 the company generated more than $37 billion in sales. For more information about Sysco visit the company's Internet home page at www.sysco.com .

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