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Raytheon Lecture Series Presents: Rebuilding Trust After a Corporate Crisis October 25

September 11, 2006

Larry S. Benjamin, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Foodservice, will discuss how leaders tackle ethics in the face of a large fraud scandal and severe business decline when he delivers the 7th Raytheon Lecture in Business Ethics at Bentley, on Wednesday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center.

The lecture, "Rebuilding Trust after a Corporate Crisis," is presented by the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley through the generous support of Raytheon.

Lawrence S. Benjamin has served as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Foodservice, an $18 billion subsidiary of Royal Ahold, since October 2003. Prior to joining U.S. Foodservice, Larry led the reorganization and/or restructuring of a series of food businesses, serving as President of the NutraSweet Company, Stella Foods, Specialty Foods Corporation and the Budget Gourmet/Birdseye division of Kraft Foods. He has also served as an advisor for several private equity firms. Benjamin received his bachelor of arts from Brown University and his MBA from Columbia University Business School.

U.S. Foodservice is one of the leading foodservice distributors in the United States, with approximately 28,000 employees and yearly revenues exceeding $18 billion. The company markets and distributes more than 40,000 national, private label and signature brand items to over 250,000 foodservice customers nationwide, including restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities, cafeterias and schools. U.S. Foodservice is a subsidiary of Royal Ahold, a publicly-held international group of local food retail and foodservice operators, based in the Netherlands. Ahold's U.S. retail supermarkets include Stop & Shop, Giant and Tops.


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