Rittenmeyer joined EDS in 2005 as executive vice president of Service Delivery and was later promoted to chief operating officer. In December 2006, he was appointed president and chief operating officer of EDS.
Rittenmeyer brings more than 30 years of business and leadership experience to his new role. Before joining EDS, he served as managing director of The Cypress Group, a private equity firm. He was responsible for all operating aspects of the company’s $3.5 billion investment portfolio. Previously, Rittenmeyer served as chairman, chief executive officer and president of Safety-Kleen, Inc., a hazardous and industrial waste management company. At Safety-Kleen, he successfully led the company’s reorganization from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Prior to Safety-Kleen, Rittenmeyer was CEO and president of AmeriServe, where he led the successful restructuring and sale of the $10 billion food services company. Before that, he served as chairman, CEO and president of RailTex, Inc., a leading short line railroad holding company acquired by RailAmerica in 2000; president and COO of Ryder TRS, Inc., a truck rental company; and COO of Burlington Northern Railroad.
During his career, Rittenmeyer has also held numerous senior executive positions, including serving as vice president of operations at Frito-Lay, Inc.; vice president Middle East and Worldwide Operations at PepsiCo Food International; and president and COO of Merisel.
Rittenmeyer earned a bachelor of science degree from Wilkes University and a master of business administration degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.