Sodexo's Michael Montelongo Named One of Most Important Hispanics in Technology for 2008

August 20, 2008

Criteria include demonstrated leadership in the workplace and community

Sodexo's Michael Montelongo Named One of Most Important Hispanics in Technology for 2008

GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 20, 2008 — Continuing to demonstrate leadership in diversity and inclusion as well as the expertise in the implementation of technology, Sodexo, Inc.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Montelongo was recently named to the prestigious “Most Important Hispanics in Technology” list for 2008 by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine (HE&IT). In 2005, Montelongo was named one of the “Top 50 Hispanics in Technology and Business” by the same magazine.

To arrive at the list, editors of HE&IT conducted extensive research on thousands of employees from 100 candidate companies. They then evaluated and ranked the highest-achieving Hispanic executives, technologists, and researchers in industry, government, and academia — women and men who have demonstrated leadership on a broad front, in the workplace and in their communities. Montelongo serves as an executive sponsor for the Sodexo Organization of Latinos (SOL), one of six employee network groups that are driving the company’s inclusion efforts. SOL’s recent priorities have been to expand its relationship with Sodexo’s Talent Acquisition Group to develop a strategy for more focused recruitment of Latinos, launching a peer-to-peer mentoring initiative that supports personal and professional development and providing ongoing support of Sodexo’s efforts to help Spanish-speaking employees learn English as a Second Language through use of the innovative self-paced training tool Sed de Saber.

Montelongo, who is the chief administrative officer for Sodexo’s operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, previously headed strategic marketing for the company. He also served as an assistant secretary of the Air Force in President Bush's administration and was the highest ranking Hispanic in that department. Montelongo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree from Harvard Business School. He was also named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the U.S. by Hispanic Business® Magazine in 2007 for contributing to his profession and raising the standard for business.

Montelongo will accept the recognition at The Most Important Hispanics in Technology Dinner during Career Communications Group's National Women of Color STEM Conference at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX, on October 24, 2008.  The 2008 Most Important Hispanics will also be featured in the fall edition of HE&IT magazine, to be published in September 2008. 

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.

Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine
HEIT is published by Career Communications Group Inc. (CCG), the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity for minorities and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified minorities. CCG is also the founder of a national public awareness campaign, La Familia Technology Week (www.lafamilianet.net), which seeks to increase Hispanics’ interest in technology.

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