Sodexo is fully compliant with all corporate governance principles and applies them faithfully to best practices in France, location of its headquarters. In 2004, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer became separate functions.
Led by Denis Machuel, the Executive Committee recommends strategies to the Board of Directors and supervises the implementation of these strategies once they have been approved by the Board. The Executive Committee tracks the implementation of action plans, monitors business unit performance and assesses the potential benefits and risks of growth opportunities.
Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo
Denis Machuel became Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo January 23, 2018. He was Deputy CEO from September 2017 to January 2018.
Throughout his career, Denis has had an international focus and has sought out entrepreneurial opportunities working in large multinational firms.
Denis joined Sodexo in 2007, as CEO of Benefits & Rewards Services for Central & Eastern Europe. In 2010, he moved to lead Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services in Europe and Asia, and in January 2012, he became CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards worldwide. During Denis’ tenure as CEO of Benefits & Rewards, issue volume and revenues increased significantly and activities expanded geographically in 6 new countries.
Denis joined Sodexo’s Executive Committee in January 2014. He contributed to the Company’s transformation, from a country-based structure to one based on global client segments. He was also appointed Chief Digital Officer in January 2015, a cross-functional role supporting Sodexo’s digital transformation across its 3 activities. In September 2016, Denis took on the additional role of CEO of Personal and Home Services, an activity encompassing childcare, in-home care for elderly and dependent persons and concierge services.
Denis is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in all its aspects. As an executive sponsor of the Sodexo Diverse! Network and Sodexo Disability Voice task force, Denis has strengthened Sodexo’s commitments towards diversity and inclusion. In 2016, he signed the International Labor Organization’s Global Business Disability Network Charter on behalf of Sodexo – the first global charter on disability inclusion in the workplace.
In addition, Denis led the initiative to offer Mindfulness and meditation practices for Benefits & Rewards teams, in line with his conviction that promoting work-life balance contributes to quality of life. He is an active meditator himself.
Denis began his professional life at Schneider Electric in Egypt, before moving to become a consultant with innovation and technology consultancy Altran, with Dassault Electronique as client. He stayed 16 years with Altran, holding a range of senior positions, including CEO of Altran Technologies UK. He also served as CEO of Altran Technologies France and as Director Offshore Strategy and Operations.
Denis Machuel was born in 1964 in Reims, France. He is a graduate of the ENSIMAG College of Engineering in Grenoble, France, and holds a Master of Science from Texas A&M University.
Denis is French. He is fluent in English.
CEO Sports & Leisure Worldwide
Nathalie began her career in 1987 in the commercial luxury dining business. From 1989, she held the role of Sales Manager at Scott Traiteur, and then became the Director of Sales for Pavillon Royal.
She joined Sodexo in March 1996 as the Director of Sales for Sodexo Prestige in France and became the Head of the Sector in 1999. In September 2003, she was appointed CEO of Sodexo Prestige and in January 2006 CEO of L’Affiche.
Subsequently, she took on the position of Managing Director of Sodexo Sports & Leisure France in September 2010.
Nathalie is also the President of the Directory of Lido de Paris (since September 2009) and of the Board of Directors of Lenôtre (since May 2012).
In September 2015 she was appointed COO Sports & Leisure Worldwide. Within this segment she developed several prestigious and renowned venues and brands in the areas of sports, global events, Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE), tourism, cultural destinations and airline lounges in France, the US, the UK, Ireland and Spain:
- From Roland Garros, Ryder Cup, Ascot or the Rugby World Cup, to the Miami Dolphins Stadium, the Phoenix Convention Center and the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
- From the restaurants of the Eiffel Tower, 3* restaurant Le Pré Catelan, the Bateaux Parisiens, the Lido de Paris and Bateaux London to the Museo del Prado in Madrid and the National Gallery in London or Warner Bros/Harry Potter Studios.
- Airline lounges activity including United Airlines in the US, Cathay Pacific in Asia, and Air France in Paris, Charles de Gaulle.
Nathalie has also been active in the development of the S&L activity in Asia and the Middle-East.
In 2017 she participated in the acquisition of Centerplate positioning Sodexo as a leading player in Sports & Leisure globally, more than doubling its footprint.
As a member of SWIFT (Sodexo Women’s Forum for Talents), Nathalie is involved with promoting gender-balance across the Company.
Lorna C. Donatone
CEO Geographic Regions, Region Chair for North America
Lorna Donatone is Sodexo’s CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America. She is a member of the Sodexo Executive Committee and Chair of the North America Regional Leadership Committee. As CEO for Geographic Regions, Lorna is responsible for the coordination of businesses around the world.
Before moving to her current role, Lorna was CEO for Schools worldwide, managing the K-12 business in 42 countries. Prior to that, she served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Sodexo’s U.S. Education market, which includes 500 public school districts and more than 850 college and university campuses. She has held several other key leadership roles in the company, including President of School Services and President of Spirit Cruises. Lorna has been instrumental in developing Sodexo’s Employee Business Resource Groups, with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, mentorship and training employees. She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and has worked in the airline, banking and high-tech industries.
Lorna demonstrates her leadership through community and industry involvement. She is on the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Board. She has served as on the boards of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, and is past Chair of the Board. Lorna is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. She was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Jamba Juice, Inc. Lorna chairs the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors and is a member of the Tulane University Business School Council. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Entertainment Cruises.
Lorna was recognized by NAFEM in 2013 with a doctorate in foodservice. She received the Ascendancy Award by w2wlink.com in 2010 for her work in mentoring women. Girls, Inc. recognized her in 2009 for her work in empowering young women. In 2015, she received the Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Chief People Officer
Cathy Desquesses has been Sodexo’s Chief People Officer and a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018.
Cathy joined Sodexo from General Electric (GE), where she built a successful 20-year career in Human Resources, most recently as Global HR Leader of GE Power Gas, based in Switzerland. She also held senior HR roles at GE Corporate, GE Power, GE Capital and GE Oil & Gas, as well as at their global head office, working in France, the United States and Italy.
Throughout her career in Global Human Resources Leadership, Cathy has gained considerable experience in the development of a global talent pipeline, enhancing culture and, most importantly, the ability to create and implement human resources strategies to support business growth. She is a champion for diversity, employee engagement, leadership development and operational excellence.
She holds a master degree in Labor & Employment Law from the Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II), in France.
Cathy was born in Saint-Malo, France. She speaks French, English and Italian
Region Chair, Asia Pacific
Johnpaul Dimech is a seasoned and astute international CEO with over 20 years’ experience in the B2B and B2C markets. He began his career at Sodexo in 1998 at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney and has since worked his way through a varied and exciting series of C-suite positions in Australia, Singapore and India. Appointed as the Region Chair of the Asia Pacific region since 2017, Johnpaul facilitates the development and growth of Sodexo across 18 territories with the regional leadership committee and team of Country Presidents to develop new business interests and promote the Sodexo brand.
In his previous role as CEO, Mining Worldwide within Sodexo’s global Energy & Resources segment, Johnpaul has focused his teams on providing services that improve the quality of life of those who work and live in often extreme conditions to ensure safe, comfortable and productive environments that enhance wellbeing and improve competitiveness. Among many achievements, Johnpaul has been a leader of the unprecedented, collaborative tender process which enabled Sodexo to sign a tenyear integrated facilities management contract with a leading global mining client in Western Australia – the largest contract of its kind in Sodexo’s history.
As a “hands-on” leader, he has further driven Sodexo’s commitment to Safety, and Diversity &Inclusion; building gender diverse teams and successfully integrating people and cultures in local communities. His pragmatic approach to driving results through organizational design, performance and contract management as well as operational excellence has allowed this recognized leader to deliver sustainable growth and margin improvement.
Johnpaul is a board member of the Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He sits on the STOP Hunger Advisory Committee and is an Executive sponsor of Sodexo’s Global Disability Voice Task force, encouraging conversations and support around invisible disabilities, in particular, mental health.
A lifelong learner, Johnpaul studied Management at Swinburne University in Melbourne and has continued in his pursuit of education and betterment through courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sodexo Management Institute, the Centre of Creative Learning and the University of Chicago GSB. He currently resides in Singapore
CEO Service Operations Worldwide; Region Chair, UK & Ireland
Sean Haley has been Chief Executive Officer of Service Operations Worldwide since June 2018, and a member of the Group Executive Committee since March 2018. He has been Region Chair, UK & Ireland since 2016.
Service Operations leverages Sodexo’s know-how and global scale to enhance the quality of life of those we serve and create more value for our clients. To do so, Service Operations provides expertise to Sodexo’s operational teams so that they can offer our consumers the best Food and Facilities Management services, supported by state-of-theart procurement and technology, in the best possible health & safety conditions.
Sean has over 28 years of experience in and an indepth knowledge of both public and private sector outsourcing. He joined Sodexo in 2011 as part of the acquisition of Atkins’ asset management business to support the development of Integrated Facilities Management services for Sodexo’s Corporate Services in the UK and Ireland. From 2012, he took over as Head of Business Development for the Region. During his tenure, revenues in the UK & Ireland rose from £1 to 1.5 bn.
In 2015, Sean was appointed to head up Service Operations in the UK and Ireland, and took on the additional responsibilities of Region Chair, UK and Ireland the following year. In these roles, Sean worked on establishing Sodexo’s operating model in the Region to drive growth in the business.
Sean started his career in 1998, as Associate Director at Faithful + Gould. He later became Project Manager / Senior Surveyor, before joining Atkins as an Account Director in 1999. Sean occupied increasingly senior positions at Atkins, where he was appointed Managing Director for the Asset Management Business in 2005.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Leeds. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Outside of work, Sean is a Director of Springboard, a charity which supports disadvantaged and underprivileged individuals with employment opportunities within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry.
Sean is British.
CEO Energy & Resources worldwide
Nicolas Japy is CEO of Energy & Resources Worldwide and also heads up all of Sodexo’s On-Site Services operations in Africa, the Middle East and Russia. He has been a member of Sodexo’s Executive Committee since 2005.Under his leadership,Sodexo has become the world’s No. 2 performer in the Energy & Resources segment, with a considerable footprint in emerging countries.
Nicolas joined Sodexo in 1991 as Director of its Congo Brazzaville subsidiary. After two years in that position, he was appointed Director of Sodexo’s business in Saudi Arabia, where he significantly improved the performance of this historic subsidiary. In 1997, he took the leadership of all of Sodexo’s operations in Africa, with responsibility for establishing growth and development on the continent.
After seven years with Sodexo, Nicolas briefly left to take a position as Operations Director with Club Med in the USA. He returned to Sodexo in 2001 to run its Remote Site business, where he redefined the strategy, unified teams around the Company’s values and achieved profitable growth.
In 2005, Nicolas was entrusted with new responsibilities in addition to Remote Sites and went on to achieve profitability in Australia and drive development in Southeast Asia, particularly in the field of Facilities Management. After Sodexo’s 2009 acquisition of India’s leading provider of Food and Facilities Management services, Radhakrishna Hospitality Services Group (RKHS), he spearheaded all On-site Services operations in that country.
Nicolas began his professional career in 1982, when he joined BEICIP, a consulting subsidiary of the French Petroleum Institute . He also served as Program and Development Manager for the regional airline TAT, then as CEO for Air Vendée.
Nicolas holds an engineering degree.
He is French and lives in Singapore. Nicolas speaks English.
CEO Government & Agencies Worldwide
Tony joined Sodexo in January 2003 following a 16-year career in the South Australian and Western Australian Prison Services. Tony was the General Manager Public Prisons in Western Australia, where he was responsible for the 12 Public Prisons in that State. During his career, he has held a number of senior posts in the Criminal Justice System including Deputy Secretary Department of Justice Victoria, Director Metropolitan Prisons, Director Prison Operations and Community Corrections and as a senior Prison Governor.
During 2010 and 2011, Tony returned to Australia where he held the position of Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice in Victoria. In this position Tony was responsible for Corrections Victoria, Emergency Services and Police.
Tony returned to Sodexo in 2011 as Managing Director of Sodexo Justice Services.
In September 2015, Tony was appointed as CEO, Justice Worldwide and was responsible for Sodexo’s global justice business, supported by four regional CEOs.
In May 2017, Tony was appointed CEO, Global Government & Agencies responsible for both the Justice, Defence & Government Agencies business.
As of 1 July 2018, Tony will be become a member of Group ComEx.
Tony holds an Applied Science Degree from the University of South Australia and a MBA from the University of Adelaide.
CEO Schools & Universities Worldwide
Satya-Christophe became Chief Executive Officer for Schools & Universities Worldwide on April 1, 2018 and has been a member of the Group Executive Committee since January 2014.
In his current role as CEO of the Schools & Universities segments, Satya-Christophe heads up 86,000 employees, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of students in 32 countries.
Satya-Christophe joined Sodexo in 1998 and has held various positions within Sodexo’s On-site Services and Benefits & Rewards Services, most recently as Chief Executive Officer for Service Operations Worldwide.
Satya-Christophe joined Sodexo Pass International in 1998. He became Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo Pass for Western Europe in 1999 and then was appointed General Manager of Sodexo Pass Romania in 2002. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe for Sodexo Pass International, overseeing Benefits & Rewards operations in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer, South America for On-site Services in 2007. During his tenure, revenues increased more than threefold in 6 years and he led the acquisition and integration of Puras in Brazil, where he served as acting CEO from 2011 to 2013.
In September 2015, Satya-Christophe took on the role of Chief Executive Officer for Service Operations Worldwide. In that role, he led Sodexo’s team of experts in Food and FM, as well as IS&T, Supply Management, R&D and Health & Safety – a topic he is personally passionate about – to support, optimize and innovate service delivery for our clients.
Satya-Christophe began his professional career in 1992 at BNP Paribas Bank in Montreal, before moving to France in 1994 as a Corporate Sales Representative, still at BNP Paribas. Until 2012, he was an economic advisor to the French Embassy in Chile.
Satya-Christophe is personally committed to pressing for progress on gender balance. He is a cosponsor of SWIFt (for ‘Sodexo Women’s International Forum for talent’), which focuses on pipeline development for women in operations, and of Sodexo’s ‘Gender Diversity in FM’ taskforce.
He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Stop Hunger, a global network of non-profit organizations that has been working for a hungerfree world for more than 20 years and shares with Sodexo, its founding partner, the same aspiration for quality of life for all.
Satya-Christophe holds a post-graduate degree in finance from Paris X Nanterre University, and a Master’s Degree in management from Paris IX Dauphine University.
Satya-Christophe is French and speaks English Spanish and Portuguese.
CEO Corporate Services Worldwide
Sylvia Metayer has been CEO Corporate Services worldwide and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2015.
Sylvia first joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, and was later appointed CFO for Sodexo’s On-Site Services operations in Europe, taking an active part in the preparation of large, complex tenders.
From 2010, prior to her current role, Sylvia Metayer headed up Sodexo’s International Large Accounts, developing Sodexo’s key Corporate clients Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson. In her current role as CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services segment, Sylvia heads up a global team of 120,000 employees, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults at work across over 60 countries.
Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor in the Paris office of Arthur Andersen before going on to hold key financial positions in leading international groups. Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston-based educational publisher.
Sylvia is a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, a member of the European Professional Women’s Network and of HEC au Féminin, and serves on the Research Orientation Committee at HEC. Within Sodexo, Sylvia is a founding member of SWIFT, the Group’s women network, and is a sponsor of PRIDE, Sodexo’s LGBT network.
Sylvia holds a business degree from the French Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) . She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, and speaks French and English.
Belen Moscoso Del Prado
Chief Digital and Innovation Officer
As Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Belen Moscoso Del Prado leads Sodexo’s digital transformation, overseeing the development and implementation of technology and data-enabled solutions to accelerate growth.
In this role, she is a catalyst for innovation, deploying new products, services, and internal initiatives that are modernizing Sodexo and the service industry. Through greater automation, personalization and predictive maintenance, Sodexo is supporting and advising customers as they navigate the future, enhancing the operational efficiency and the quality of life of its own employees, and delivering a more seamless experience to the 100 million consumers the company serves every day.
Belen is also a member of Sodexo Ventures’ Investment Committee, a 50-million-euro venture capital fund that combines agility and creativity of innovative start-ups with Sodexo’s investment capacity and access to markets.
During her tenure, Belen has played a key role in the acquisition of the food delivery start-up Food Chéri, launched Sodexo’s first-ever ‘Data Lab’ comprised of engineers and data scientists, and pioneered a virtual reality-enabled kitchen training module, which led to a considerable reduction in accidents, compared to the previous year.
Transformation has been a hallmark of Belen’s career. Prior to joining Sodexo, she held leadership positions at AXA, as Digital Strategy and Transformation Director, and at SoLocal Group (Pages Jaunes), as Director of Strategy, M&A and Partnerships.
Previously, Belen worked at Bain & Company for eight years, where she led more than 30 assignments in Europe and Central America related to growth and performance improvements. Prior to that, Belen led European Marketing Strategies for Disneyland Paris.
A native of Spain, Belen holds a master’s in international economy for Carlos III University, and is fluent in French and English. Belen is also an Independent Advisor Board member of ADVEO International Group, President of the Board of Food Chéri start-up and, is part of the Consultative Advisory Board of Wynd start-up.
Region Chair, France
Anna Notarianni joined Sodexo’s subsidiary Sogeres in 1998 as Marketing and Development Director, a position she held until 2003, when she became Project Manager.
In 2006 she was nominated CEO of the Healthcare Segment in France and joined Sodexo France’s Executive Committee (2006-2008) before becoming CEO for Personal and Home Services.
In 2010, she was appointed CEO Benefits & Rewards Services, where she led the digitalization of our services. She was responsible for the management of meal vouchers, gift cards “Spirit of cadeau” and gift vouchers “Tir Groupé”.
In September 2015, Anna Notarianni became Region Chair for France and subsequently joined Sodexo’s Executive Committee on July 1, 2018.
Deeply committed to Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Anna Notarianni is constantly encouraging her teams to embrace these initiatives which are proven contributors to enhanced business performance.
She holds an Executive MBA from HEC, and 3rd cycle degree from ESC Paris. She is member of the APM (Association Progrès du Management).
CEO Healthcare Sodexo Worldwide
Marc Plumart is CEO of Healthcare Worldwide and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Marc joined Sodexo in 1992 and has held positions in a majority of Sodexo’s business segments. From 2003 to 2006, he was responsible for Sodexo’s Education business in France before heading up Healthcare in France from 2006 to 2014. Marc was appointed CEO of Sodexo in France in 2014, where he was responsible for all of Sodexo’s business lines, including 40,000 employees serving at more than 4,000 client sites. In 2016, he was named CEO of Seniors Worldwide, which serves the marketplace for seniors and people with disabilities in 24 countries.
Marc was appointed CEO of Healthcare Worldwide in 2017. Sodexo Healthcare operates in 39 countries with more than 60,000 employees dedicated to delivering quality of life services that help patients recover in a safe and caring environment. Marc continues to represent the Seniors segment in the Executive Committee.
Marc has a Master of Science in Agronomy from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture in France. He also holds a Master’s Degree in food science and consumer marketing from University College Dublin. Marc is French and lives in the United States. He speaks French, English and Spanish.
Chief Financial Officer
Marc Rolland has been Sodexo’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee since December 2015.
Since he joined Sodexo in 1997, Marc held several positions and gained detailed insights into all Company businesses.
Marc joined Sodexo in 1997 as Finance Director for Africa, within the Energy and Resources activity. In 2000, he was promoted Finance Director of what was named at the time Universal Sodexo for Africa, Europe and Eurasia and then Finance Director for the Corporate Services activity in the UK in 2004.
Marc joined Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services as CFO in 2004 adding in 2007 the Finance supervision of Personal and Home Services and the South America On-site Services activities. He also became CFO Continental Europe for On-site Services in 2009.
In 2012, Marc was appointed President, Benefits and Rewards Services for Asia, and successfully developed emerging markets in Asia.
Marc started his professional career in 1990 at Bull, where he held several positions in Finance in India, South Africa and France. He later became a financial controller for Eastern Europe at General Electric Medical Systems.
Marc holds a post-graduate degree in Finance from the Dauphine University in Paris, France.
Marc is French and is fluent in English.
Chief Communications Officer
Dianne Salt has been Sodexo’s Chief Communications Officer and a member of Sodexo’s Executive Committee since April 2017. She leads the global team responsible for the company’s strategy and positioning on employee communications, social media, media relations and financial communications, among other activities.
Prior to joining Sodexo, she held communications and public affairs roles in Canada’s public sector as well as the private sector, most notably in financial services and energy and resources.
Dianne spent the first 10 years of her career in the public sector in communications roles at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada, before joining Imperial Oil, the Canadian subsidiary of Exxon Mobil. She joined TD Bank Group (TD) in 2001, where she took on increasingly senior roles including the Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs which included Internal and External Communications, Government Relations, Community Giving, Corporate Responsibility and Social Media.
In 2013 Dianne moved to the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the largest banks in the world based on market capitalization, serving 16 million clients in Canada, the United States and 35 other countries. As the Senior Vice President, Communications Dianne was responsible for leading a global team which provided strategic communications and social media advice in support of businesses such as personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets.
A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Dianne is Co-Executive Sponsor of Sodexo’s Disability Voice Taskforce Network which seeks to raise awareness, provide resources and create a culture that embraces, values and fully engages people with disabilities. She was a member of the Executive Diversity Committees at both RBC and TD, with a particular focus on being a visible Ally to the LGBTQ community. She was previously a Board Member of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, which helps immigrants connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talent. She is also a past Board Member of Cancer Care Ontario and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum Foundation.
Dianne holds an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree with a minor in French Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is an Accredited Public Relations professional.
Dianne is a Canadian citizen and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
CEO Personal & Home Services Worldwide
Didier became Chief Executive Officer for Personal and Home Services on September 1, 2017 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since July 2018.
In his current role as CEO of Personal and Home Services, Didier heads up three domains of activity - Concierge Services, Home Care and Child Care – which deliver innovative solutions to improve the Quality of Life in the workplace and beyond.
Didier joined Sodexo in 1986 and has held various positions within Sodexo’s Benefits and Rewards Services, most recently as President of the Western Europe and the Mediterranean region.
Didier started his career at Sodexo as Sales Director for Benefits and Rewards Services in France. In 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services Czech Republic before coming back to France in 1999 when he also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services France.
In March 2004, he was appointed Director of the Western and Southern Europe region of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards Services and became a member of the activities’ Executive Committee. From April 2008 to December 2011, Didier held the position of Global Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications Director.
In January 2012, Didier moved to the position of President of the Western Europe and the Mediterranean region, overseeing 10 countries as well as leading international development.
For more than 30 years, Didier has played an instrumental role in the Benefits and Rewards Services development and growth, and more particularly in Europe where he empowered the teams to continuously develop the business. As a major contributor to the vision and strategy, Didier was at the forefront of our offer’s diversification, including leading the first research on what would later become Sodexo’s Personal and Home Services.
Didier holds a post-graduate degree in management from Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris, France and is a member of APM, the French Association for Management Progress.
In his spare time, Didier enjoys the mountains and rowing.
CEO Benefits and Rewards Services Worldwide
Aurélien Sonet has been CEO of Benefits and Rewards Services Worldwide and a member of the Executive Committee since September 2017.
Aurélien joined Sodexo in 2000 and held various functional and operational roles within Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services activity until 2010. Over this 10-year period, he first held responsibilities in Finance, then headed up Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications for the activity, before becoming CEO of the French subsidiary. In 2010, Aurélien took on the position of Global Executive Vice President for Strategy, Brand and Communications at Group level. In 2013, he moved to Singapore to develop business with our International Strategic Accounts in Asia Pacific, and successfully deployed major contracts across the region. In 2015, Aurélien was appointed Region Chair for Asia Pacific, making a key contribution to the development of Sodexo in the region.
Aurélien started his professional career as a financial auditor for Deloitte. He is a graduate from the École Centrale de Lyon Engineering school.
Aurélien is French and speaks English.
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Bruno is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. His role is to help Segments and Activities to strengthen our client and consumer focus as they develop differentiating offers. He became a member of Sodexo’s Executive Committee in July 2018.
Bruno joined Sodexo in 2007 to develop and launch a new global activity, Personal & Home Services. As CEO of this activity, he designed and implemented an entry strategy for Sodexo, focused on Child-care, Concierge Services and Home Care, leading and developing that activity during 10 years in North America and Europe. In 2015, Bruno was promoted as well as President, USA, Benefits and Rewards Services.
During his tenure as Senior Vice President, Marketing, Strategy and Sales Development, Benefits and Rewards Services, Bruno has played an instrumental role in strengthening Benefits & Rewards Services’ Marketing capabilities as well as Sales Development approach. Under his leadership, we have gained a comprehensive understanding of Benefits & Rewards Services’ stakeholders and markets, enhanced the Digital Marketing competencies, as well as built a new offer roadmap for Benefits & Rewards Services.
Bruno began his professional career within the Marketing department of Philip Morris International. From 1991 till 1999, he held several marketing positions in subsidiaries (Belgium/Romania) and in the International Headquarters (Switzerland). He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Europe, Middle-East, Africa and South Asia for BIC, and moved from Paris to New York in 2003 to become President for BIC Global Stationary business.
Bruno is Belgian, graduated from Solvay Business School in Brussels. He is based in France.
His hobbies are music, movies, skiing and golf.
Chief Strategy and Corporate Responsibility Officer
Damien Verdier has been Chief Strategy and Corporate Responsibility Officer since 2013, and a member of Sodexo’s Executive Committee since 2005. He has been a sponsor of Sodexo’s Corporate Responsibility since September 2008, and from 2009 took an active part in the building and updating of Sodexo’s Corporate Responsibility roadmap, ‘Better Tomorrow 2025’.
Damien joined Sodexo France, On-site Services, in 1979 and held various positions as Sector, then Regional, Director.
In 1991, he was appointed Director of Operations for the Corporate Segment in France, which he headed up from 1993. In a difficult economic environment, he put a quality improvement and cost reduction plan in place, thereby significantly boosting profitability. He also implemented the first subsegmenting initiative, with specialized teams and offers that were tailored to clients’ specific needs.
In 1998, Damien became CEO, Sodexo France. He implemented an operational organization that was closer to clients, applying the sub-segmentation approach to the Education and Health Care businesses, centralized functional structures and created a shared services center. Under his leadership, Sodexo regained the leadership position in the French market.
In 2003, Damien was appointed Director of Strategy for Continental Europe, and in that role was responsible for supporting European countries in applying key initiatives.
Prior to his current role, from 2005, Damien was Marketing Director, including supply chain, client retention and offer marketing.
Damien was President of the National Foodservices Association (France) from 2001 to 2006 and Vice-President of the European Foodservices Federation (Ferco). He is an active member within MEDEF (France’s largest employers’ organization) and chairs the working group on Services within Business Europe, a Europe-wide business advocacy group.
Damien is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Audencia in Nantes, France.
Damien is French and speaks English in addition to French.