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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Evanson is Symbotic’s VP of Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Jeff held the same roles for seven years at Tesla Motors, Inc., during the Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicle launches. During that time, Jeff helped Tesla raise over $11 billion of equity and convertible debt capital. He also was instrumental in closing the $2.5 billion acquisition of Solar City. Prior to Tesla, Jeff worked as a sell-side research analyst and in management at Piper Jaffray (now Piper Sandler) and Dougherty & Company. Prior to his career in investment banking, Jeff was a CPA at RSM McGladrey. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Bill Mines is Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Optimization, 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.
As Senior Vice President, Hardware Research & Development, Cristian Mori is responsible for developing cutting-edge technologies and innovative new products to provide breakthrough solutions for Symbotic's customers. Cristian is an experienced engineering and technology leader with a proven record in delivering innovative solutions and optimizing and scaling systems and processes. 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).
As Symbotic Fellow, Ted Macdonald is responsible for directing the efforts of several Symbotic advanced technology teams, overseeing feature design and system engineering, as well as control and software architecture. In the 10+ years Ted has been at Symbotic he helped design and implement the core architecture for the company’s mobile robot system. Ted has extensive experience in automation and implementation of motion controls systems, having managed multiple high-profile projects from the design phase through integration and production. Prior to joining Symbotic, Ted worked for Automation Solutions, a motion control component distributor. Ted has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech.