The Committee meets once a month, and is the linchpin of the Group’s management structure.
Led by Denis Machuel, 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.
Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo
Denis Machuel became Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo January 23, 2018. He was Deputy CEO from September 2017 to January 2018.
Throughout his career, Denis has had an international focus and has sought out entrepreneurial opportunities working in large multinational firms.
Denis joined Sodexo in 2007, as CEO of Benefits & Rewards Services for Central & Eastern Europe. In 2010, he moved to lead Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services in Europe and Asia, and in January 2012, he became CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards worldwide. During Denis’ tenure as CEO of Benefits & Rewards, issue volume and revenues increased significantly and activities expanded geographically in 6 new countries.
Denis joined the Sodexo Group Executive Committee in January 2014. He contributed to the Group’s transformation, from a country-based structure to one based on global client segments. He was also appointed Group Chief Digital Officer in January 2015, a cross-functional role supporting Sodexo’s digital transformation across its 3 activities. In September 2016, Denis took on the additional role of CEO of Personal and Home Services, an activity encompassing childcare, in-home care for elderly and dependent persons and concierge services.
Denis is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in all its aspects. As an executive sponsor of the Sodexo Diverse! Network and Sodexo Disability Voice task force, Denis has strengthened Sodexo’s commitments towards diversity and inclusion. In 2016, he signed the International Labor Organization’s Global Business Disability Network Charter on behalf of Sodexo – the first global charter on disability inclusion in the workplace.
In addition, Denis led the initiative to offer Mindfulness and meditation practices for Benefits & Rewards teams, in line with his conviction that promoting work-life balance contributes to quality of life. He is an active meditator himself.
Denis began his professional life at Schneider Electric in Egypt, before moving to become a consultant with innovation and technology consultancy Altran, with Dassault Electronique as client. He stayed 16 years with Altran, holding a range of senior positions, including CEO of Altran Technologies UK. He also served as CEO of Altran Technologies France and as Director Offshore Strategy and Operations.
Denis Machuel was born in 1964 in Reims, France. He 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. He is fluent in English.
Lorna C. Donatone
Interim CEO, Global Education, CEO Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America
Lorna Donatone is Sodexo’s CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America, as well as the Interim CEO, Global Education. She is a member of the Sodexo Group Executive Committee and Chair of the North America Regional Leadership Committee. As CEO for Geographic Regions, Ms. Donatone is responsible for the coordination of businesses around the world.
Before moving to her current role, Ms. Donatone 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 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. Ms. Donatone 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 high-tech industries.
Ms. Donatone demonstrates her leadership through community and industry involvement. She is on the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Board. She has served as on the boards of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, and is past Chair of the Board. Ms. Donatone 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. Ms. Donatone 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.
Ms. Donatone 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.
Vice-President of the Group Executive Committee and CEO Sports & Leisure Worldwide
Pierre Henry has been CEO of Sports & Leisure Worldwide since September 2015 and a member of Sodexo Group Executive Committee since 2005.
Under his leadership, Sodexo has become a leading player in Sports & Leisure globally, notably with the 2017 acquisition of Centerplate, a major event hospitality provider for North America and the UK. In this segment, Sodexo serves more than 700 clients (sports facilities and arenas, conference centers, cultural destinations and airplanes lounges) with a unique services offer (catering and hospitality, venue sales and event management, retail and merchandising, as well as facilities management).
Prior to his current roles, Pierre held many leadership positions within the Group, including Group Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2014, and Chairman of Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services from 2007 to 2016. Indeed, Pierre has made a very significant contribution to the development of all three activities – On-Site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services – that make up Sodexo’s unique Quality of Life services offer.
Pierre joined Sodexo in 1980 as Regional Manager for French-speaking Belgium for the Benefits & Rewards activity, before taking up the role of Managing Director for Belgium from 1987. His teams diversified Sodexo’s service offering and the issue volume increased by 50% per year between 1987 and 2000. 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 Europe to provide solutions that optimize public benefits management. From 1993, in addition to his role, Pierre headed up the Central European region. In this role, he supervised the launch of operations in Hungary and Austria, and later in the Czech Republic, followed by Poland and Slovakia. From 2000, Pierre headed up the Western Europe, Asia and North Africa regions.
Pierre became CEO of Benefits & Rewards Services in January 2004. Under his leadership, Benefits & Rewards Services improved their performance, taking the leadership position in the market through the development of three types of offers – advantages for employees, incentive programs and public benefits – and an extensive range of innovative services (Transport Pass, Health Pass, Culture Pass, etc.).
While making Sodexo a world leader in Benefits & Rewards Services, Pierre also played a major part in growing our Personal and Home Services. He also headed up our On-site Services activity in South America between 2006 and 2012, where he notably contributed to strengthening our leadership, especially in Brazil and in our Energy and Resources business. In 2010, Pierre also became responsible for our On-site Services activity in 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.
More recently, up to September 2016, Pierre established the Chairman of Geographic Regions position, which is now playing a key role in our organization. Pierre is still responsible for the DACH region (Austria, Germany, Switzerland), in coordination with Adrienne Axler.
Pierre is Belgian and speaks French and English.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Service Operations Worldwide
Satya-Christophe has been Chief Executive Officer of Service Operations Worldwide since September 2015, and a member of the Group Executive Committee since January 2014.
Service Operations regroups all communities of Sodexo experts that support our teams at our clients premises, such as culinary experts, chefs, dieticians, cleaning technicians, HVAC engineers, electricians, etc., as well as Sodexo’s Supply Chain, IS&T and Health & Safety teams. Service Operations leverages Sodexo’s global scale and know-how to deliver a high standard of service, creating more value for our clients while enhancing a Quality of Life experience for those we serve.
Satya-Christophe joined Sodexo Pass International in 1998, and became Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo Pass for Western Europe in 1999. In 2002, he was appointed General Manager of Sodexo Pass Romania. Then, in 2006 he was promoted to General Manager, Central & Eastern Europe for Sodexo Pass International, overseeing Benefits & Rewards operations in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Slovak Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
In 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, South America for On-site Services. Under his tenancy, revenues increased more than threefold in 6 years and he led the acquisition and integration of Puras in Brazil, where he served as acting CEO from 2011 to 2013.
Satya-Christophe began his professional career in 1992 at BNP Paribas Bank in Montreal, before moving to France in 1994 as a Corporate Sales Representative, still at BNP Paribas. Until 2012, he was an economic advisor to the French Embassy in Chile.
Satya-Christophe holds a post-graduate degree in finance from Paris X Nanterre University, and a Master’s Degree in management from Paris IX Dauphine University.
Satya-Christophe is French and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
CEO Corporate Services worldwide
Sylvia Metayer has been CEO Corporate Services worldwide and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2015.
Sylvia first joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, and was later appointed CFO for Sodexo’s On-Site Services operations in Europe, taking an active part in the preparation of large, complex tenders.
From 2010, prior to her current role, Sylvia Metayer headed up Sodexo’s International Large Accounts, developing Sodexo’s key Corporate clients Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson.
In her current role as CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services segment, Sylvia heads up a global team of 120,000 employees, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults at work across over 60 countries.
Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor in the Paris office of Arthur Andersen before going on to hold key financial positions in leading international groups. Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston-based educational publisher.
Sylvia is a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, a member of the European Professional Women’s Network and of HEC au Féminin, and serves on the Research Orientation Committee at HEC. Within Sodexo, Sylvia is a founding member of SWIFT, the Group’s women network, and is a sponsor of PRIDE, Sodexo’s LGBT network.
Sylvia holds a business degree from the French Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, and speaks French and English.
CEO Healthcare & Seniors Worldwide
Marc Plumart is CEO of Healthcare & Seniors Worldwide. He was appointed to the Group’s Executive Committee in May 2017.
Marc joined Sodexo in 1992 and has held positions in a majority of Sodexo’s business segments. From 2003 to 2006 he was responsible for our Education business in France, before heading up Healthcare France from 2006 to 2014. He was appointed CEO France in 2014, where he was responsible for all of Sodexo’s business lines with 40,000 employees serving at more than 4,000 client sites.
In 2016, Marc became CEO of the global Seniors segment, which serves the seniors and disabled industries in 24 countries. He was appointed CEO for global Healthcare in May 2017. Sodexo Healthcare operates in 39 countries. As CEO for the two global segments, Marc leads more than 77,000 employees to deliver quality of life services that help patients and residents recover, age well and live their best lives.
Marc has a Master of Science in Agronomy from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture in France. He also holds a Master’s Degree in food science and consumer marketing from University College Dublin.
Marc is French and lives in the United States. He speaks English and Spanish.
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.
Marc joined Sodexo in 1997 as Finance Director for Africa, within the Energy and Resources 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 Corporate Services activity in the UK in 2004.
Marc joined Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services as CFO in 2004 adding in 2007 the Finance supervision of Personal and Home Services and the South America On-site Services 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.
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 is fluent in English.
Group Chief Brand and Communications Officer
Dianne Salt has been Sodexo’s Group Chief Brand and Communications Officer and a member of Sodexo’s Executive Committee since April 2017. She leads the global team responsible for the company’s brand strategy and positioning, employee communications, social media, media relations and financial communications, among other activities.
Prior to joining Sodexo, she held communications and public affairs roles in Canada's public sector as well as the private sector, most notably in financial services and energy and resources
Dianne spent the first 10 years of her career in the public sector in communications roles at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada, before joining Imperial Oil, the Canadian subsidiary of Exxon Mobil. She joined TD Bank Group (TD) in 2001, where she took on increasingly senior roles including the Senior Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs which included Internal and External Communications, Government Relations, Community Giving, Corporate Responsibility and Social Media.
In 2013 Dianne moved to the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the largest banks in the world based on market capitalization, serving 16 million clients in Canada, the United States and 35 other countries. As the Senior Vice President, Communications Dianne was responsible for leading a global team which provided strategic communications and social media advice in support of businesses such as personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets.
A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Dianne is Co-Executive Sponsor of Sodexo’s Disability Voice Taskforce Network which seeks to raise awareness, provide resources and create a culture that embraces, values and fully engages people with disabilities. She was a member of the Executive Diversity Committees at both RBC and TD, with a particular focus on being a visible Ally to the LGBTQ community. She was previously a Board Member of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, which helps immigrants connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talent. She is also a past Board Member of Cancer Care Ontario and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum Foundation.
Dianne holds an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree with a minor in French Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She is an Accredited Public Relations professional.
Dianne is a Canadian citizen and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
CEO Benefits and Rewards Services Worldwide
Aurélien Sonet has been CEO of Benefits and Rewards Services Worldwide and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since September 2017.
Aurélien joined Sodexo in 2000 and held various functional and operational roles within Sodexo’s Benefits & Rewards Services activity until 2010. Over this 10-year period, he first held responsibilities in Finance, then headed up Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications for the activity, before becoming CEO of the French subsidiary. In 2010, Aurélien took on the position of Global Executive Vice President for Strategy, Brand and Communications at Group level. In 2013, he moved to Singapore to develop business with our International Strategic Accounts in Asia Pacific, and successfully deployed major contracts across the region.
In 2015, Aurélien was appointed Region Chair for Asia Pacific, making a key contribution to the development of Sodexo in the region.
Aurélien started his professional career as a financial auditor for Deloitte. He is a graduate from the École Centrale de Lyon Engineering school.
Aurélien is French and speaks English.
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.
Group Chief Strategy, Organization, Development, Research & Innovation Officer
Damien Verdier has been Group Chief Strategy, Organization, Research & Development and Innovation Officer since 2013, and a member of the Group’s Executive Committee since 2005. He has been a sponsor of Sodexo’s Corporate Responsibility since September 2008, and from 2009 took an active part in the building and updating of Sodexo’s Corporate Responsibility roadmap, ‘Better Tomorrow 2025’.
Damien joined Sodexo France, On-site Services, in 1979 and held various positions as Sector, then Regional, Director.
In 1991, he was appointed Director of Operations for the Corporate Segment in France, which he headed up from 1993. In a difficult economic environment, he put a quality improvement and cost reduction plan in place, thereby significantly boosting profitability. He also implemented the first sub-segmenting initiative, with specialized teams and offers that were tailored to clients’ specific needs.
In 1998, Damien became CEO, Sodexo France. He implemented an operational organization that was closer to clients, applying the sub-segmentation approach to the Education and Health Care businesses, centralized functional structures and created a shared services center. Under his leadership, Sodexo regained the leadership position in the French market.
In 2003, Damien was appointed Director of Strategy for Continental Europe, and in that role was responsible for supporting European countries in applying key Group initiatives.
Prior to his current role, from 2005, Damien was Group Marketing Director, including supply chain, client retention and offer marketing.
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 Supérieure de Commerce Audencia in Nantes, France.
Damien is French, and speaks English beside French.