Sodexo Realigns Corporate Services Market Leadership to Drive Growth; Mark Bickford Named President, Corporate Service Solutions

August 26, 2009

Sodexo creates new leadership role in Corporate Services Market

Sodexo Realigns Corporate Services Market Leadership to Drive Growth; Mark Bickford Named President, Corporate Service Solutions

GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 26, 2009--Sodexo Inc., a comprehensive service solutions company with a core business of integrated food and facilities management, announced the appointment of Mark Bickford as president of Corporate Service Solutions, leading Sodexo’s traditional dining services for Corporate Services Market and vending nationwide.

This newly created position and market realignment allows Sodexo to reallocate resources in line with the organization’s strategic goals and provide additional operational focus, adding value to Sodexo customers.

“Mark and his team are poised to drive growth in the Corporate Services Market, as well as continue to increase operational efficiencies that provide value to our clients,” said Michael Norris, COO and Market President. “I am confident that his strong track record and personal commitment to serving our clients will lead progress and better align the organization with our strategic goals.”

Bickford began his career more than 20 years ago as a culinarian. After graduating from the European Master Chef Apprenticeship Program, he attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and Babson College’s Executive Education Program for Corporate Entrepreneurship. Bickford, who joined Sodexo in 1985, was most recently division vice president for the eastern portion of the U.S., for the company’s Corporate Services business and the portfolio of National Accounts. He is actively involved with both the Hispanic College Fund and the Society for Foodservice Management. Mark and family reside in Trumbull, Conn.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees.  Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites.  Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.sodexofoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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