Richard B. Cohen
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Rick Cohen is Chairman of Symbotic’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Symbotic. He is also the Executive Chairman of both C&S Holdings and C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc., where he is the third generation of the Cohen family to lead that company. Rick grew up in the C&S Wholesale Grocers business, working for his father during the summers until his graduation from college in 1974, when he went to work full-time at C&S Wholesale Grocers. Rick became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers in 1989 and served as President until March 2014 and as Chief Executive Officer until January 2018, during which time he led the growth and expansion of C&S Wholesale Grocers into an industry leader in supply chain solutions and wholesale grocery supply. Rick holds a B.S. in accounting from the Wharton School of Business. He has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Assumption College and Keene State College. Rick was selected to serve on the board of directors due to his extensive experience in the wholesale distribution business, his vision and experience in automation and his experience and track record in entrepreneurship, investment and business development and deep relationships in various industries.
Chief Strategy Officer
Bill Boyd has served as Chief Strategy Officer of Symbotic since February 2020. In that role, Boyd is responsible for planning and directing various operational, financial, administrative and strategic activities for Symbotic. He has more than 12 years of extensive distribution and logistics industry experience. Since February 2020, Bill has also served as the Chief Legal Officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers. Prior to joining Symbotic, Bill served from April 2019 to February 2020 as the chief legal officer at Imperial Dade, a high-growth foodservice packaging and supplies distribution company. Bill also held the roles of general counsel and chief legal officer at C&S Wholesale Grocers from March 2009 to February 2018 and February 2018 to April 2019, respectively, and in those roles, Bill was involved in the initial investment by Rick Cohen in CasePick Systems, which later became Warehouse Technologies.
Bill has a diverse educational background, with a J.D. from Duke University, M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.A. in history and psychology from Williams College.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom Ernst has served as Chief Financial Officer of Symbotic since September 2020. He has 30 years of finance and technology leadership experience. Prior to joining Symbotic, Tom served as Chief Financial Officer of RealPage, a software company, from January 2019 to August 2020, where he led all finance, legal, mergers and acquisitions and strategy project management operations. From July 2015 to January 2019, Tom led his own strategy consulting firm, Tom Ernst Advisory, to leverage over twenty years of experience in investment banking and strategy consulting focused on the software industry. Prior to that, Tom served as a managing director at Goldman Sachs and senior equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank and Thomas Weisel Partners. Tom served as a Nuclear Engineer and Submarine Warfare Officer for five years on a fast attack submarine and served two years as the Military Training Department Head for the U.S. Navy boot camp.
Tom holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S in mathematics from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering.
Chief Technology Officer
George Dramalis is the Chief Technology Officer at Symbotic. In that role, George is responsible for building and advancing all Symbotic’s technologies and solutions. George served as Symbotic's Chief Information Officer since June 2020 and brings more than 20 years of experience in information services management. Prior to joining Symbotic, he was Chief Information Officer at C&S Wholesale Grocers from January 2011 to June 2020. Before that, he was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sharp Electronics Corporation. Prior to Sharp, George worked for KPMG Consulting as a manager of systems implementation, supporting clients such as Compaq, Deutsche Bank, Kodak, Tyson Foods and US Cellular.
George has a M.A. in economics and a M.A. in finance from Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.
Chief Human Resources
Miriam Ort is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Symbotic. In this role she is responsible for leading the human resources and communications organizations. Miriam brings more than 20 years of experience driving transformational change in global organizations. Since December 2019, Miriam has also served as EVP & CHRO of C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. Prior to C&S, Miriam was the senior vice president, human resources at Avis Budget Group. Miriam previously spent nearly a decade in executive HR roles at PepsiCo, before which she was head of talent management for Avon Products, North America. An accomplished author and speaker, Miriam coauthored the bestselling book One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value from Harvard Business Press. Miriam holds a Masters in HR Management from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State College.
Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Product Strategy
Michael Dunn has served as Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Product Strategy at Symbotic since May 2017. His team leads Symbotic’s customer relationships, helps define the direction of the Symbotic System to ensure it remains a world-class, market-leading solution and assists in identifying key partners to enable the organization and technology to scale alongside customer growth. Prior to joining Symbotic, Michael held the role of Group Vice President Sales & Marketing at Fortna from December 2008 to May 2017, where he and his team helped some of the world’s biggest brands transform their distribution operations into a competitive advantage. Before that, Michael was an early employee at Manhattan Associates, a global supply chain solutions provider, for 12 years. As Vice President of Sales at Manhattan Associates, he played an integral role in helping the company grow from a $5 million startup to a $300 million public company. Michael is a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) member and graduate of Purdue University with B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
As Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Corey Dufresne heads Symbotic’s legal group with more than 20 years of experience in business and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and corporate finance. Corey is responsible for leading Symbotic’s approach to technology licensing, regulatory compliance, intellectual property rights and all negotiations and business agreements. Corey joined Symbotic in 2011 after serving as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Netezza Corporation, where he facilitated its acquisition by IBM. Prior to his role at Netezza, he spent nine years at Wilmer Hale in Boston in the Corporate Law section and two years as an associate at Jones Walker in New Orleans. Corey graduated from Tulane Law School in New Orleans.
Senior Vice President, Deployment, Implementation and Operations
Rob Krattiger is the Senior Vice President, Deployment, Implementation and Operations. His teams are building our scaling infrastructure and oversee end-to-end project execution from concept through start-up including pre-construction, construction, testing, operations integration, maintenance, and product technical support. Rob joined C&S Wholesale Grocers in 2011, where he supported the early prototype Symbotic system in Newburgh, NY. Rob has held several roles of increasing leadership since joining Symbotic formally in 2014 including solutions engineering, deployment engineering, product management, systems engineering, and customer operations. Rob graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A.
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
William (Bill) Mines is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, responsible for the commercial aspects of all strategic vendor partnerships. Bill came to Symbotic from Walmart in 2022, where he was Senior Vice President of Finance & Strategy, Supply Chain. At Walmart, he was responsible for Finance and, Data and Analytics, for a network of more than 150 distribution centers, plus transportation, including the private fleet and third-party carriers.
Previously, Bill had an extensive career with Diageo, where he served in various senior executive roles in both Finance and Supply Chain, in both North America and Asia. He also held senior leadership roles with PepsiCo, Cargill and Deloitte.
Bill holds an M.S and B.S. from Magdalene College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations
Pete Opalacz is Senior Vice President of Customer Operations at Symbotic, overseeing customer warehouse operations and responsible for leading our operations teams and implementing best-in-class processes, procedures, and technologies to benefit our customers and achieve operational excellence across our sites.
Pete has more than 15 years of extensive leadership, supply chain, and distribution management experience. Prior to joining Symbotic, Pete held several senior leadership roles at Martin Brower, managing multiple divisions across nationwide locations, leading large scale teams, and executing global operational initiatives. Prior to Martin Brower, Pete served was an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served in numerous leadership positions and deployments to Afghanistan.
Pete holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and B.B.A in Business Administration and Management from University of Iowa.
Senior Vice President, Manufacturing
Walt Odisho is Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Symbotic, leading all manufacturing operations and responsible for their operational efficiency.
Walt has over 30 years of experience in operations, engineering and manufacturing, with a proven history of implementing strategies that facilitate growth in quality, safety and productivity. Prior to joining Symbotic, Walt served as VP of Operations Fulfillment at Amazon.com, Inc. Prior to that, he was VP of Manufacturing, Safety & Quality for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he led a global production system. Prior to Boeing, Walt was Vice President/General Manager, Manufacturing and Operations at Toyota, where he spent over 24 years in senior manufacturing roles and led the company’s largest manufacturing facility across the globe.
Walt graduated from The Wharton School’s Toyota Executive Development, Business Administration and Management program and holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Fresno. He has served as an executive board member for the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers since 2010.
Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering
As Senior Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Cristian Mori is responsible for managing all aspects related to Hardware Engineering and Industrial Controls. Cristian is an experienced engineering and technology leader with a proven record in delivering innovative solutions and optimizing and scaling systems and processes. He will leverage this expertise to help Symbotic align with and achieve strategic product roadmap goals while providing leadership for the company’s engineering teams in Montreal, Canada. Prior to joining Symbotic Cristian led deployment and systems standardization at Rivian as Director of Industrial Automation and Control, Advanced Development. Previously, he led pivotal engineering and robotic & vision systems teams at Symbotic, iRobot, and Tenova Core. He received two prior patents for his work.
Cristian graduated from the University of Illinois with an M.S. in Computer Science & Data Science and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Genoa (Italy).
Richard B. Cohen
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Rollin Ford is a member of Symbotic’s Board of Directors. Before Symbotic became a public company, he served as a member of the advisory board of Symbotic’s then-parent entity, Warehouse Technologies LLC, from August 2016. Rollin retired in 2016 from Walmart, where he held several executive leadership roles during his 33-year career, including Chief Logistics Officer responsible for transforming and building the company’s global supply chain network. He was also Walmart’s CIO from 2006 to 2012 and was most recently the Chief Administrative Officer, where he focused on increasing efficiency and productivity around the world.
Rollin is currently on the Boards of Directors at Mercy Health System and John Brown University and on the advisory boards at Alert Innovation and AT Kearney. Ford holds a B.S. from Taylor University in Indiana.
Charles Kane is a member of Symbotic’s Board of Directors. Before Symbotic became a public company, he served as a member of the advisory board of Symbotic’s then-parent entity, Warehouse Technologies LLC, from October 2020. He has been a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2006 and is currently an adjunct professor of International Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Charles is a Director and Strategic Advisor of One Laptop Per Child, a non-profit that provides computing and internet access for students in the developing world and was formerly its President and CEO. Previously, Charles was a founding investor and CFO of Global BPO Services Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation. Charles was also the CFO of RSA Security (acquired by EMC); CFO of Aspen Technology; President and CEO of Corechange, Inc. (acquired by Open Text Corp.); and CFO of Informix Software (acquired by IBM).
Charles currently serves as a Board of Director at Alkami Technology, Inc. and Progress Software Corp. He previously served on the boards of Applix Inc., Borland Software Corporation, Carbonite, Inc. Demandware Inc., Netezza Corporation, and RealPage, Inc.
Charles is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an M.B.A. in international finance from Babson College and a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame
Todd Krasnow is a member of Symbotic’s Board of Directors. Before Symbotic became a public company, he served as a member of the advisory board of Symbotic’s then-parent entity, Warehouse Technologies LLC, from May 2016. He has served as the President of Cobbs Capital, Inc., a private consulting company since January 2005.
Previously, Todd was a marketing domain expert with Highland Consumer Fund, a venture capital firm that became Porchlight Equity in 2017, where he became an operating partner until 2019. Before Porchlight, Todd was the Chairman and CEO of Zoots, Inc., a dry-cleaning company, and was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Staples, Inc.
Todd has served as a member of the C&S Wholesale Grocers advisory board since 2006. He currently serves as a Board of Director at Ecentria and Kids2 Inc. He previously served on the boards of Bakkavor, LTD, Carbonite, Inc., and Tile Shop Holdings, Inc.
Todd holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in chemistry from Cornell University.
Vikas J. Parekh
Vikas Parekh is a member of Symbotic’s Board of Directors. He is a Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers where he focuses on investing in enterprise software and emerging technologies. Vikas has made investments and holds director seats across public and private markets. Prior to joining SoftBank in 2016, Vikas worked in private equity at KKR and at Boston Consulting Group.
Vikas holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniela Rus is the Andrew (1956) and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, and MIT Director of the DAF-MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator. Prof. Rus' research interests are in robotics and artificial intelligence. The key focus of her research is to develop the science and engineering of autonomy.
Prof. Rus served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and on the Defense Innovation Board. She is a senior visiting fellow at MITRE Corporation. She currently serves as a USA expert for Global Partnerships in AI, on the board of trustees of MBZUAI, on the board of directors of Mass Robotics, and on several other boards. She also served as Deputy Dean of Research in the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT between 2019-2022.
Prof. Rus is a MacArthur Fellow, a fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI and AAAS, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Engelberger Award for robotics, the IEEE RAS Pioneer award, IEEE RAS Technical award, Mass TLC Innovation Catalyst Award, and the IJCAI John McCarthy Award. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Merline Saintil is a member of Symbotic’s Board of Directors. Before Symbotic became a public company, she served as a member of the advisory board of Symbotic’s then-parent entity, Warehouse Technologies LLC, from October 2021. Merline’s prior roles included Chief Operating Officer, R&D-IT at Change Healthcare Inc.; Head of Operations, Product and Technology at Intuit; and as Head of Operations of Mobile and Emerging Products at Yahoo.
Merline serves as a board member of Banner Corporation, Alkami Technology, Lightspeed Commerce Inc., Gitlab Inc., Evolv Technologies Holdings, Inc., Rocket Lab USA, Inc., and TD SYNNEX Corporation.
Merline has an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.