Sodexo, Inc. Announces Calvin Johnson as Hospitals Division President
December 14, 2009
Leader Known for Outstanding Customer Service and Strong Client Retention to Lead Sodexo’s Largest Operating Division in United States
GAITHERSBURG, Md., December 14, 2009 — Sodexo, Inc., leader in Quality of Life Service Solutions, announced today the appointment of Calvin Johnson (“C.J.”) as president of the Hospitals division effective January 1, 2010. Johnson, who currently serves as division vice president for hospitals in the western region, will succeed Dick Desrochers, who has accepted a new senior leadership position within the company. The hospitals division is the largest operating unit within Sodexo, Inc., the company’s North America operations, which provides Comprehensive Service Solutions at more than 1,000 locations, and employs more than 22,000 people and manages approximately 50,000 client employees.
“C.J.’s leadership, and keen understanding of how our services solutions impact the quality of people's lives, has helped to drive our revenues and overall results,” said Patrick Connolly, health care market president and chief operating officer for Sodexo, Inc. “He leads by example as a champion for his team, working to ensure that everyone from the frontline employees to senior management understands the value of what we do for those we serve. The result is superior service that improves the patient experience and provides for growth opportunities for all of our people.”
Johnson, a resident of San Diego, Calif., joined Sodexo in 2003 as a division vice president bringing more than 20 years of proven accomplishments in the management and leadership of large organizations. Johnson has built a high-performing team by keeping a strong focus on people, client retention, standards of excellence that focus on improving the patient and resident experience. Throughout his career; Johnson has demonstrated outstanding leadership, and strong customer focus. Johnson’s team has delivered almost $140 million in revenue while maintaining a 96 percent client retention rate.
Johnson began his professional career with the U.S. Army, graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and attaining the rank of Captain during his military service. Mr. Johnson holds an MBA and a Master of Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org) is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.