Sodexo, Inc. Announces Lorna Donatone as Market President and COO

November 16, 2009

Donatone Assumes Leadership of Campus Services, Education Facilities and School Services Divisions

Sodexo, Inc. Announces Lorna Donatone as Market President and COO

GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 16, 2009 — Sodexo, Inc., a leader in Quality of Life Service Solutions, announced today the appointment of Lorna Donatone as a company chief operating officer, and president of the Education Market. Donatone, currently president of the company's School Services Division (part of the Education Market), will succeed Rick Brockland, who will retire after nearly four decades of service with the company.

Donatone’s new role begins on February 1, 2010. She will oversee operations and strategic growth for Sodexo’s operations at college and university campuses and public school districts and private schools in the United States. Her focus will include driving growth for Sodexo’s emphasis on comprehensive service solutions in the education market, which includes a wide range of services that build on the company’s leadership position in facilities management services and foodservice and nutrition.

“Lorna has consistently delivered strong results for Sodexo in the 10 years she has been with the company, both as the president of Spirit Cruises and in her current role with School Services,” said George Chavel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexo, Inc. “Under Lorna’s leadership, our School Services Division has experienced significant sales and retention growth. As well, Lorna has positioned Sodexo as a leader in student nutrition and well-being. She has demonstrated expert knowledge of the needs of students, parents, administrators and communities.”

Donatone also has led significant progress for Sodexo in the areas of diversity and inclusion, mentorship, corporate philanthropy and community support. She is a founding sponsor of Sodexo’s employee network group for women (WiNG) and is an executive sponsor for the company’s African American Leadership Forum (AALF). Donatone is a member of the board of directors for the Sodexo Foundation, and participates on Sodexo’s “Women’s International Forum for Talent,” which is focused on increasing gender diversity at senior levels of organizations throughout the world.

Donatone is highly regarded for her commitment to the industry and its development. She serves on the boards of directors of the National Restaurant Association, the Women’s Foodservice Forum and Entertainment Cruises. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Culinary Institute of America, and of the international advisory board of the UNLV College of Hotel Administration. Donatone earned a BS degree in management from Tulane University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.
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 $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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