Sodexo Announces New Role for Retiring Executive Vice President Bob Wood

December 23, 2009

Long-time Lehigh Valley business man retires from Sodexo but will continue to serve clients

Sodexo Announces New Role for Retiring Executive Vice President Bob Wood

ALLENTOWN, Pa., December 23, 2009 — Sodexo, Inc., leader in Quality of Life Service Solutions, announced today that Executive Vice President for Client Development Bob Wood will retire from his current role on January 1, 2010 and become a consultant continuing to help Sodexo serve clients in the Greater Lehigh Valley. After a career spanning five-decades, Wood leaves a legacy of significant contributions to the company, the community, and the numerous employees whose lives he has touched. 

“Bob’s passion for serving clients and supporting employees is legendary,” says Michael Montelongo, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Sodexo North America. “The impact of Bob’s contributions, as well as those of the Wood family, have significantly and positively affected the foodservice industry in countless ways.”

In 1959 Bob started working in various front line roles for Wood Dining Services, the company founded by his father, M.W. “Scotty” Wood. His first professional role with the organization was in 1967 as a Sous Chef at DeSales University. Over the course of his career Bob worked in a variety of operations and corporate management positions and in 1997 assumed the position of Chairman, where he remained until the company was purchased by Sodexo in 2001.

During his years at Sodexo as Executive Vice President for Client Development, Wood was instrumental in the company’s “Clients for Life” process. As an active member in all of Sodexo’s Employee Network Groups, he helped advance the company’s diversity strategy and deepen its culture of inclusion, as well as inspire and mentor many employees.

Outside of Sodexo, Wood lives his philosophy of giving back to the community through his active practice of volunteering. His efforts have closely aligned with Sodexo’s corporate mission to “Stop Hunger” and have helped to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Lehigh Valley, Pa., and beyond. In recognition of his work, DeSales University awarded Bob an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in 2004.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. (, a member of Sodexo Group, is a leading provider of Comprehensive Service Solutions serving more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, retirement, schools, higher education, government and remote sites. Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., Sodexo, Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. The Sodexo Foundation ( is an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $12.7 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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