Sysco Corporation today announced that Anita Zielinski will join the company as senior vice president and chief accounting officer, effective this month.
"We are pleased to have Anita join Sysco and bring her extensive experience in financial accounting and reporting, internal controls and compliance with GAAP and IFRS," said Joel Grade, Sysco's executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Her vast knowledge of technical and complex accounting matters, including working with large public multinational companies and her strong analytical and managerial skills, make her well-suited to join our finance leadership team.”
As chief accounting officer, Zielinski will oversee all accounting functions, with responsibility for financial accounting and reporting, accounting policy, tax compliance and strategy and internal controls. She will also act as key liaison to external auditing firms, with responsibility for confirming the company’s views on technical accounting matters. Zielinski will report directly to Mr. Grade.
Prior to joining Sysco, Zielinski was a member of Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice in Houston for 20 years, and was promoted to partner in 2013. She has extensive experience working with Sysco as a client, as well as other large and midcap public companies in the distribution, real estate, transportation and manufacturing industries. This work included overseeing SEC registration statements, including filings, business combinations, and complex accounting and financial reporting matters. Her accounting experience includes both U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards.
Zielinski earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.