Sodexo's Dick Desrochers Named 2008 Diversity Champion

September 30, 2008

Diversity Edge Magazine honors the Sodexo executive as one of 20 national diversity leaders

Sodexo's Dick Desrochers Named 2008 Diversity Champion

GAITHERSBURG, Md., September 30, 2008 — Diversity Edge Magazine has selected Dick Desrochers, president of Sodexo Health Care’s Hospitals Division, as one of its 2008 Diversity Champions.

Desrochers is one of 20 “diverse and dynamic individuals” recognized “for their commitment to and achievements in diversity,” according to an announcement from Diversity Edge Magazine on its second annual diversity leadership competition.

Desrochers helped create the Disabilities Task Force for Sodexo, the leading provider of integrated foodservice and facilities management services, with 125,000 service and management workers in North America. He serves as one of the executive sponsors for the company’s newest Employee Network Group, Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources (SOAR). In Sodexo’s six Employee Network Groups, employees join together to provide a positive forum for professional development, and share input and ideas to support their success. Network groups connect around a common dimension of diversity with employees who want to raise awareness in Sodexo of their identity groups.

“Dick’s combined personal experience with individuals with disabilities and extensive business experience establish him as a unique asset to SOAR,” says Adrienne Vadell Sturges, Sodexo assistant general counsel and SOAR co-chair. Desrochers serves as a personal mentor and coach on diversity related initiatives and talent planning, and as diversity advocate at executive team meetings.

“Highlighting the Advantage of Diversity” is the tagline for Diversity Edge Magazine, which publishes quarterly and reports a circulation of 76,000.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo, Inc. 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 the Sodexo Foundation (www.helpstophunger.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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