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Published on April 17, 2024

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US Foods (USFD) Long: 45.3% Alpha Based on CEO Dave Flitman’s Expertise

On April 20, 2023, ManagementTrack recommended a long position on US Foods (USFD), predicting that the company would significantly outperform under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Dave Flitman. ManagementTrack’s confidence was rooted in Flitman’s extensive operational and leadership experience, which was meticulously vetted through our investigative process.

ManagementTrack’s Investigative Process

  1. In-depth Interviews: Conducted with former colleagues and peers of Dave Flitman, providing insights into his leadership style, operational strengths, and past performance.
  2. Experience Analysis: Evaluated Flitman’s track record at previous companies, focusing on his ability to drive operational efficiencies and profitability.
  3. Company Fit Assessment: Mapped Flitman’s skills and experience onto US Foods’ specific challenges and opportunities, concluding that his background was exceptionally well-suited to lead the company forward.

Why ManagementTrack Believed They Would Succeed

  1. Operational Excellence: Flitman’s history of improving supply chain efficiencies and margins was identified as a key asset for US Foods.
  2. Strategic Acumen: His strategic decision-making and ability to execute on growth initiatives were seen as critical for US Foods’ expansion.
  3. Leadership and Culture Building: Flitman’s proven track record in building high-performing teams and fostering a safety-first culture was expected to enhance US Foods’ operational performance and employee engagement.

Outcome and Performance

The recommendation to go long on US Foods generated a 45.3% alpha, validating ManagementTrack’s analysis of Flitman’s potential impact on the company. This performance was a direct result of Flitman’s leadership in driving operational efficiencies and strategic growth initiatives.

Key Takeaways

  1. Leadership Matters: The case underscores the importance of executive leadership in driving company performance.
  2. Operational Expertise Translates: Flitman’s operational and supply chain expertise was directly applicable to US Foods, demonstrating the value of matching executive skills with company needs.
  3. Investigative Process Validates: ManagementTrack’s investigative process and thorough analysis of executive capabilities proved to be a reliable predictor of company success.


The successful long position on US Foods, driven by CEO Dave Flitman’s leadership, reinforces the effectiveness of ManagementTrack’s investigative process in evaluating executive fit and potential impact. This case study exemplifies how deep insights into executive capabilities, combined with a strategic understanding of company challenges, can lead to significant investment outperformance.

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