Sodexo Executives Recognized by BLACK ENTERPRISE
March 07, 2019
Sodexo’s Gerri Mason Hall and Mia Mends listed as two of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America and Corporate Diversity
GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 7, 2019 — Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to Quality of Life, announced today that the Sodexo North America CEO of Inspirus, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, Mia Mends, and Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Sodexo North America, Gerri Mason Hall, were recognized in BLACK ENTERPRISE’S Most Powerful Women in Corporate America feature, an exclusive listing of the highest-ranking and most influential African American female executives. This special report will be featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE’S First Quarter 2019 issue.
“We are extremely proud of the recognitions and distinctions our executives receive,” said Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo. “Congratulations to both Gerri Mason Hall and Mia Mends for this professional achievement and the exceptional leadership they continue to demonstrate at Sodexo.”
Sodexo is an award-winning employer committed to advancing gender equality. By 2025, as part of the company’s Better Tomorrow commitments, women will represent at least 40 percent of Sodexo’s senior leadership staff. So far, females hold 33 percent of these positions to date. To ensure that all senior executives—both men and women—understand the value placed in reaching this goal, 10 percent of their annual bonus is impacted by their progress toward meeting it. An initiative aimed at fulfilling this commitment includes SoTogether, a Sodexo Employee Resource Group with the mission of fostering a culture where enhancing women’s individual and professional growth contributes to the organization’s global success.
Sodexo is consistently recognized for the organization’s commitment and work in the diversity and inclusion space. In January, Sodexo was recognized on Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE’S 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. In 2018, Sodexo was ranked in the top 10 of DiversityInc magazine's 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity' list for the 9th consecutive year and inducted into DiversityInc’s Top 50 Hall of Fame.
The BLACK ENTERPRISE list of BLACK ENTERPRISE’S Most Powerful Women in Corporate America showcases 136 African American women executives that have succeeded by leading with performance, deeply understanding their company culture and deftly navigating the corporate landscape.
BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and decision makers.
About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 72 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 160,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $19 billion in goods and services from small to large businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., in 2018, Sodexo contributed over 159,500 in volunteer hours, and since 1996, the Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed nearly $34.5 million to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
Media Contact: Heidi Bullman, Sodexo Inc., Heidi.Bullman@sodexo.com