Executive Committee

The Committee meets once a month, and  is the linchpin of the Group’s management structure.

Led by Michel Landel, 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.

Michel Landel

Michel Landel

Sodexo Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee Member of Sodexo’s Board of Directors

Michel Landel was born in 1951 in Morocco to a Russian mother and French father; his multicultural background led him naturally to an international career.

He graduated from the European Business School in Paris and began his career as a financial analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank, first in the UK, then in the Ivory Coast. He subsequently joined construction companyPoliet, today part of Saint-Gobain, where he managed a factory in Lorraine.

Michel Landel joined Sodexo in 1984 as Operations Manager for Eastern and North Africa. In 1986, he was promoted to Director for Remote Sites operations in Africa. In 1989 he moved to the U.S. to manage Sodexo’s North American operations. He became CEO for Sodexo in North America in 1999 and in February 2000, was named Vice-Chairman of the Group’s Executive Committee.

For 17 years, Michel Landel worked to build Sodexo’s position in North America, including driving the 1998 merger between Sodexo and Marriott Management Services, then the number one foodservices company in the U.S. Under his leadership, Sodexo became the market leader in North America, where today the Group generates 43% of its revenues and is the largest French employer, with 132,000 people.

In 2005, Michel Landel was appointed CEO of Sodexo Group. Since then, he has led Sodexo’s transformation to become the global leader in Quality of Life services.

One of Michel Landel’s top priorities as a manager has always been to foster the human factor within the larger organization. He has committed Sodexo to programs contributing to economic, social and environmental development wherever it operates. Sodexo’s STOP Hunger program to combat hunger, malnutrition and food waste, launched in the U.S. in 1996 under his sponsorship, is now deployed in 42 countries and celebrates this year its 20th anniversary.

Michel Landel’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has resulted in the organization being considered a recognized leader in the area. Under Landel’s leadership, Sodexo was honored with the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award for its diversity and inclusion strategy that resulted in systemic cultural change for the organization. Sodexo was also ranked #1 in 2010 and #2 in 2011. Sodexo was ranked #1 on the DiversityInc business index of Top Companies for Diversity & Inclusion in 2013 and #2 in 2012.

In addition, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index has named Sodexo a Global Sustainability Leader for twelve consecutive years.

Landel has received many distinguished honors including the CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices and the CEO Advocate of the Year award from Asian Enterprise magazine. In 2016, at the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles awards, Michel Landel was awarded the CEO Leadership Award. He is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, sits on the Catalyst Board of Directors, and plays a leadership role in the Women’s Forum CEO Champions.

Michel Landel figures on Harvard Business Review’s 2016 ranking of The Best-Performing CEOs in the World (61 in the top 100 worldwide).

Michel Landel is French.
His interests include sports, travel and cooking.

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  • Local Growth and Development: An Era of New Priorities
    "Today, many business leaders are finding ways to increase proximity to local markets. Although this strategy is not easy to roll out, it can certainly lead to improved efficiency and a better bottom line." - Michel Landel

  • The new frontier of performance
    "The challenge everywhere is how to reconcile individual needs with the goals of organizations; how to recognize that organizations are also places where people live their lives; and how to place primary emphasis on what improves quality of life." - Michel Landel

  • Towards a more human economy
    "Our beliefs are increasingly shared by economic decision-makers: 66% of business leaders are totally convinced of the importance of quality of life and 57% recognise its significant impact on an organisation’s performance.
    This vision of a more people-centric economy governs Sodexo’s internal practices and our relations with the communities where we operate."
    - Michel Landel

  • Publication of the authorization concerning the commitment made to Michel Landel, in accordance with Article R. 225-34-1 of the French Commercial Code
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Patrick E. Connolly

Patrick E. Connolly

CEO Schools and Universities worldwide

Patrick Connolly was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Universities Worldwide in January 2015, adding the Schools segment to that responsibility in September 2016. He has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2014.

Patrick Connolly joined Sodexo in 1989 in the Schools Division, beginning in business development and then leading strategy and offer development. In 1995, he moved to the Health Care Division and held a variety of roles including brand support, operations and division leadership.

In 2001, he was appointed President of Sodexo Senior Services establishing himself as a key partner to the Senior Living industry, demonstrating strong commitment to quality care for the elderly. During his time in that role, he chaired the Leadership Circle of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), worked on the Institute for Aging Services’ Advisory Commission, and played an important role in assisting the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) in expanding in Europe. Patrick currently sits on the Board of Directors of Comfort Keepers, a leading in-home care company. He also was the Chair of the Sodexo Senior Living Market Champions, responsible for development of the Seniors’ market worldwide.

From 2007, Patrick was President, Sodexo Health Care, North America. He served on the board of the National Center of Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), a leading organization that assures that high quality, relevant and accountable leadership is available to meet the challenges of delivering quality patient healthcare. He was also a member of Health Insights, a forum for Chief Executive Officers that identifies emerging health industry trends and develops strategies to meet them. He sat on the Steering Committee of the ESSEC International Business School, Quality of Daily Life Institute study—a forum for reflection and understanding of the issues that influence quality of life.

Patrick’s commitment to improving quality of life extends to the community. He has demonstrated a deep commitment to Sodexo Foundation’s STOP Hunger initiative and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Washington Region chapter of the American Heart Association.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University and a Master of Management from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Patrick is American.

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Lorna C. Donatone

Lorna C. Donatone

CEO Geographic Régions and Region Chair for North America

Lorna Donatone is Sodexo’s CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America. She has been a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2014. As CEO Geographic Regions, Donatone is responsible for the coordination of businesses around the world. In North America, she leads Sodexo’s growth in the U.S. and Canada.

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 nearly 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 hightech industries.

Lorna demonstrates her leadership through her community and industry involvement. She has served as a board member of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, where she is currently 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 also 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.

Lorna is American.

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Pierre Henry

Pierre Henry

Group Comex Executive Vice-President, CEO Sports & Leisure worldwide and Chairman of Benefits & Reward Services

Pierre was formerly Group Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Benefits & Rewards, one of the three components of Sodexo’s unique Quality of Life services offer. Under Pierre’s leadership, Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services has improved their performance towards taking the leadership position in the market through the development of three types of offers (advantages for employees, incentive programs, and public funding) and an extensive range of innovative services (Meal Pass, Transport Pass, Health Pass, Culture Pass, etc.)

While making Sodexo a world leader in Benefits & Rewards and significantly contributing to the development of our Personal and Home Services, Pierre has headed our On-site Services activity in South America between 2004 and 2012.

He notably contributed to strengthen our leadership, especially in Brazil and in the Remote Sites segment.

In 2010, Pierre also became responsible for our On-site Services activity in Continental Europe, where the Group still has major development potential. In that role, Pierre reinforced the links between the various parts of the Group and facilitated the development of an integrated offer.

Pierre has been a member of the Group Executive Committee since 2005.
Pierre joined Sodexo in 1980 as regional Manager for French-speaking Belgium. In 1982, he was appointed to head the Sales Department and then promoted to Managing Director for Belgium in 1987. His teams diversified the service offering with the successful launch of the Gift Pass. Between 1987 and 1993, issue volume increased by 50% per year. When the Pass ALE (Local Agency for Employment) was launched in 1993 — enabling the long-term unemployed to be paid for domestic services — Sodexo became the first company in Belgium to provide solutions that optimize public funding management.

Also in 1993, Pierre was appointed head of the Central European region. He supervised the launch of operations in Hungary and Austria, then, in 1995, the Czech Republic, and in 1997, Poland and Slovakia. Promoted to Director for the Western Europe, Asia, and North Africa region in 2000, Pierre worked with the European team on the launch of operations in the United Kingdom, generating a return on investments in just 12 months.

Pierre is Belgian and speaks French and English.

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Nicolas Japy

Nicolas Japy

CEO Energy & Resources worldwide

Nicolas joined Sodexo in 1991 as director of its Congo subsidiary. Two years later, he was appointed director for Saudi Arabia, where he notably improved the performance of this historic subsidiary. In 1997 he was promoted to director for Africa, with responsibility for establishing dynamic development in the continent’s countries.

After seven years with Sodexo, Nicolas left to take a position as head of Club Med’s US operations. In 2001, he accepted an offer to return to Sodexo to run its Remote Sites business, where he redefined its strategy, unified its teams around the Group’s values and achieved profitable growth.

In 2005, the Group entrusted Nicolas with new responsibilities in addition to Remote Sites. He achieved profitability in Australia and drove development forward in Southeast Asia, particularly in the field of facilities management. In 2009, Nicolas was also given responsibility for all On-site Services operations in India after Sodexo’s acquisition of Radhakrishna Hospitality Services Group (RKHS), India’s leading provider of food and facilities management services.

Under Nicolas’s leadership, Sodexo has become the world’s number two in the Remote Sites segment and considerably strengthened its leadership in emerging countries.

Nicolas began his professional career in 1982 when he joined BEICIP, a consulting subsidiary of the French Petroleum Institute. He subsequently worked for the regional airline TAT, then Air Vendee as CEO.

Nicolas holds a degree in engineering.

He is French and speaks English, beside French.

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Denis Machuel

Denis Machuel

Global Chief Executive Officer Benefits & Rewards Services, Personal and Home Services and Group Chief Digital Officer

Denis joined Sodexo in August 2007 as Benefits & Rewards Services CEO for Central & Eastern Europe, where he secured Sodexo’s position as the regional leader in this activity.

Benefits & Rewards Services is one of the three components of Sodexo’s unique Quality of Life services offer and the world’s second largest benefits and rewards services provider, with a wide range of innovative solutions encompassing employee benefits, incentive and recognition programs and public benefits.

Denis then moved in 2010 to lead Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services in Europe & Asia, and in January 2012, he was nominated CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards worldwide,

Denis Machuel joined the Sodexo Group Executive Committee in January 2014 and was also appointed Group Chief Digital Officer in January 2015. This role consists in supporting the Digital transformation of the Group, across its 3 activities.

In September 2016, Denis was also nominated Personal and Home Services CEO, an activity which was created 9 years ago to complement the global service offering to the consumers of Sodexo.

Denis began his professional life at Schneider Electric in Egypt, before moving to become a consultant at Dassault Electronique and joining innovation and technology consultancy Altran, where he spent 16 years. He held several senior positions at Altran, including CEO of Altran Technologies UK, CEO of Altran Technologies France and Director Offshore Strategy and Operations.

Denis 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 and speaks English, beside French.

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Satya-Christophe Menard

Satya-Christophe Menard

CEO Service Operations worldwide

Since 2007, Satya-Christophe has been Chief Executive Officer Sodexo South America, On-site Services. In that role, he has overseen a fourfold increase in revenues in 6 years. He also served as acting CEO of Brazil, from 2011 to 2013, where he coordinated the acquisition and integration of Puras.

Satya-Christophe joined Sodexo in 1998 as Internal Auditor for Sodexo Pass International, before moving, in 1999, to become Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo Pass for Western Europe. In 2002 he was appointed General Manager of Sodexo Pass Romania, heading the Benefits & Rewards Services operations in that country. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager Central & Eastern Europe for Sodexo Pass International, assuming control of operations in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Romania and Bulgaria.

Satya-Christophe began his professional career in 1992 as a Financial Analyst for BNP Paribas Bank Montreal before moving to France in 1994 as a Corporate Sales Representative at BNP Paribas Bank.

Satya-Christophe holds a post-graduate degree in finance from Paris X Nanterre University, Paris, and a master degree in management from Paris IX Dauphine University, Paris. Until 2012, he was an economic advisor to the French Embassy in Chile.

Satya-Christophe is French and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, beside French.

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Sylvia Metayer

Sylvia Metayer

CEO Corporate Services worldwide

Since 2009, Sylvia Metayer has been President of Sodexo’s International Large Accounts, with responsibility for supporting and developing partnerships with Sodexo’s top global clients. During her time in that role she forged and renewed major global partnerships with international clients including Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Nokia, Shell and General Electric.

Sylvia joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, designing and implementing International Financial Reporting Standards [IFRS] based tools, processes and systems, for financial consolidation and management reporting. She was later appointed CFO for Sodexo’s On-site Services operations in Europe, where she was integral to the preparation of large, complex tenders.

Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston-based educational publisher. She was part of a management team that took the company private with a leveraged-buy-out, sponsored by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, and led the company’s acquisition and development of a portfolio of technology solutions. Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor in the Paris office of Arthur Andersen before going on to hold key financial positions with Danone, Mattel and Vivendi.

Sylvia is a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, a member of the European Professional Women’s Network and of HEC au Féminin. She is also a former Board Member of the New England Franco American Chamber of Commerce.

Sylvia holds a business degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Paris, France. She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, she speaks French and English.

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Marc Rolland

Marc Rolland

Group Chief Financial Officer

Marc Rolland has been Sodexo’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since December, 2015.

Since he joined Sodexo in 1997, Marc held several positions and gained detailed insights into all Group businesses. Prior to his current role, he held finance positions in Remote Sites and in the UK, before becoming CFO, On-site Services for Continental Europe and South America. Marc was also CFO, Benefits and Rewards Services for seven years.

Marc joined Sodexo in 1997 as Finance Director for Africa, within the Remote sites 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 Business & Industry activity in the UK in 2004.

Marc joined Sodexo Benefits and Rewards as CFO in 2004 adding in 2007 the Finance supervision of Personal and Home Services and the South America On-site 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, opening new operations in Taiwan in 2014 and in Singapore in 2015.

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 speaks English, beside French.

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Juan Pablo Urruticoechea

Juan Pablo Urruticoechea

Group Chief Human Resources Officer

Juan Pablo Urruticoechea has been Sodexo’s Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since January 2017. Prior to his current role, Juan Pablo had held several leadership roles in Sodexo’s On-Site Services business, thereby gaining thorough insights into the Group.

Juan Pablo joined Sodexo in 2004 to head up the Corporate segment in Spain. A year on, he became CEO of Sodexo On-Site Services in Spain and Portugal, where he successfully launched Facilities Management services. Juan Pablo then took on the role of CEO On-Site Services in Brazil in 2013.

Juan Pablo started his career in 1987 in the Cadbury Schweppes Group, as Product Manager and Marketing Manager, before joining Diageo in Spain as VP Sales. He later headed up Marketing for the Europe Region at British Telecom, before joining Telefonica as Chief Marketing Officer in 2002. 

Juan Pablo holds a PhD cum laude in political philosophy and a Master in journalism from the University of Navarra, as well as an MBA from the IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Juan Pablo is Spanish and speaks English and Portuguese beside Spanish.

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Damien Verdier

Damien Verdier

Group Chief Strategy, Organization, Research & Development and Innovation Officer

Damien Verdier has been Group Marketing Director with responsibility for supply chain, client retention and offer marketing since 2005 and has also been responsible for Sustainable Development since September 2008.
Damien joined Sodexo France, On-site Services, in 1979 and held various positions as Sector then Regional Director.

Appointed Director of Operations for the Corporate Segment in France in 1991, he became its Director in 1993. In a difficult economic environment, he put in place a quality improvement and cost reduction plan that significantly improved profitability. He also implemented the first sub-segmenting initiative, with specialized teams and offers that were tailored to the specific needs of different clients.

In 1998, Damien was promoted to CEO, Sodexo France. He expanded implementation of an operational organization that was closer to clients, applying the sub-segmentation approach to the Education and Health Care markets. He centralized functional structures and created a shared services center. Under his direction, Sodexo regained the po¬sition as France’s market leader.
In 2003, Damien was appointed Director of Strategy for Continental Europe, responsible for supporting European countries in applying key Group initiatives.

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 Superieure de Commerce Audencia Nantes, France.

Damien is French and speaks English, beside French.

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Debbie White

Debbie White

CEO Government and Healthcare worldwide

Debbie White joined Sodexo in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer in the UK & Ireland, responsible for finance, IS&T, legal, strategic planning and the PFI team. In February 2007, she was appointed Sodexo Group’s Head of Projects, reporting to the global CEO, Michel Landel.

In 2008, Debbie became the Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo Inc., the North American subsidiary of Sodexo that accounts for close to 40% of Sodexo’s global revenues. During her four years in the role, the business delivered year-on-year revenue and profit growth and made significant enhancements to its finance operations.

Whilst in the US, Debbie took on other key areas of responsibility. She became the executive sponsor of the women’s and inter-generational employee network groups and was a founding member of Sodexo’s Women’s International Forum for talent (SWIFt). She also led projects to improve the operational and financial performance of sites across the North American portfolio.

In January 2012, Debbie returned to the UK to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer for Sodexo UK & Ireland, leading the business into a new era of change and growth. In her first 18 months she re-focused the business, developing a clear strategy to drive growth and improvement that was grounded in developing people. In 2013 she became a trustee of the charity Wellbeing of Women, which raises funds for research to improve the health of women and children across the world.

Debbie started her career with Arthur Andersen in the UK, before joining AstraZeneca where she held a wide range of financial roles. She later became a director at PWC Consulting where she worked across a number of sectors in a global role, advising on integration, financial performance improvement and post-merger integration.

Debbie is a Cambridge graduate.

Debbie is British.

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