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RYKOFF-SEXTON NAMES DONALD E. WILLIS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Rykoff-Sexton Inc. (NYSE: RYK) today announced the appointment of Donald E. Willis Jr. as senior vice president and chief information officer, a newly created corporate position.
 Willis, 42, will be responsible for the company's management information systems and will report directly to Rykoff-Sexton's president and chief executive officer Mark Van Stekelenburg. He also will serve on the company's executive management committee.
 Before joining Rykoff-Sexton, Willis served as senior vice president, information systems at HomeBase, a Fullerton, Calif.-based specialty retailer with stores in 13 states.
 "Don brings to Rykoff-Sexton a strong business perspective combined with a solid technical background," said Van Stekelenburg. "We welcome him to our management team. Don will be responsible for an area that we have identified as critical to our success."
 Previously, Willis served in several management information systems positions with Kaybee Toy & Hobby Shops, a division of Melville Inc., and with Berkshire Life Insurance Co.
 Willis holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from North Adams State College, North Adams, Mass.
 Rykoff-Sexton Inc. is a leading nationwide distributor and manufacturer of food and related products for restaurants, institutions and other locations where food is served away from home, as well as one of the country's largest restaurant equipment, supply and contract and design companies. The company's 26 distribution centers, nine additional sales offices and 11 contract and design facilities are located throughout the United States. Manufacturing, processing and packaging operations are based in Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Englewood, N.J.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Des Moines, Iowa.
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 /CONTACT: Richard J. Martin of Rykoff-Sexton, 213-622-4131; or Roger S. Pondel of Pondel Parsons & Wilkinson, 310-207-9300/
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