Sodexo Lauded as Top Company for Executive Development

November 03, 2009

One of seven companies honored by DiversityInc for consistency and leadership in diversity and inclusion initiatives

Sodexo Lauded as Top Company for Executive Development

Gaithersburg, MD, November 3, 2009 -- Sodexo, Inc. was named the “Top Company for Executive Development” by DiversityInc, the leading publication on diversity and business.  Sodexo was honored as one of seven companies that set the bar on diversity management initiatives and have consistently proven themselves as diversity leaders and demonstrated remarkble leadership in critical areas.

Sodexo was recognized for its “Spirit of Mentoring” program, which DiversityInc described as the “most well-developed, measurable and effective cross-cultural mentoring program in corporate America and is indicative of this company’s deep commitment to fully realizing the talents of ALL its employees.” Sodexo earlier this year was named to the magazine’s list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity.  

“Sodexo’s Spirit of Mentoring program helps us develop committed, talented, innovative leaders through a two-way sharing of information and experiences,” said George Chavel, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through both formal and informal mentoring programs, we are able to build bench strength, foster diversity and inclusion, accelerate employees’ personal and professional growth, and strengthen organizational relationships across divisions and functions.  It’s been very effective at helping us prepare employees for future leadership roles.”

Sodexo, with 2008 revenues of $7.7 billion, is a leading provider of on-site service solutions specializing in corporate, health care, education, and government markets in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Sodexo employs 120,000 people in the company’s six business lines serving more than 6,600 clients and ten million customers daily.

Sodexo accepted the award at a black tie dinner on Nov. 2 as part of DiversityInc’s two-day event, “How Leadership Expresses Diversity Commitment,” held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. Other companies honored for their unique achievements in diversity and inclusion are: KPMG, Aetna, Novartis AG, Cox Communications, Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo 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 all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, 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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