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Richard Ferranti

President and Chief Operating Officer

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Richard Ferranti is responsible for overseeing Rich’s five regional businesses: United States/Canada, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe/Middle East and Africa. He is a member of Rich’s Executive Leadership Team, which guides the company’s business strategy and long-term strategic direction. He was named President in 2018 and is just the fourth person in company history to hold that title.

A Rich’s associate since 1986, Richard has deep experience in managing organizational expansion, negotiations, and associate leadership and development. Prior to his tenure as President and COO, Richard spent five years as president of Rich’s North America Business group and served 10 years as president of Rich’s International Business group, where he was responsible for international initiatives, including exports, foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures.

Richard earned his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Canisius College. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, which brings together political and business leaders from around the world.

Boards & Leadership

Richard is active with several industry associations, including the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) after numerous years as a board member. He also plays an active role in the Western New York community, supporting the Leadership Society for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

Richard frequently serves as guest lecturer on international business and world affairs topics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is a member of UB’s Dean’s Advisory Council.