Sodexo North America Names Olivier Poirot as Chief Financial Officer

January 13, 2012

Former ACCOR North America CEO brings 20 years of financial leadership to Sodexo

Sodexo North America Names Olivier Poirot as Chief Financial Officer

Gaithersburg, Md., January 13, 2012 - Sodexo, Inc., the leading provider of Quality of Daily Life Solutions, has announced the appointment of Olivier Poirot as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Poirot leads the finance and risk management functions supporting Sodexo’s business in North America.

Poirot brings a wealth of experience to this role having joined Sodexo in October 2011 from Accor North America, where he served as chief executive officer for the company’s operations in the U.S. Canada and Mexico. As CEO for Accor North America, Poirot oversaw a portfolio that included more than 1,100 Sofitel, Novotel, Studio 6, Motel 6 and Ibis properties. Before assuming the role of CEO in 2007, Poirot served as chief financial officer of Accor North America for four years and was responsible for concluding the company’s $1.3 billion sale of Red Roof Inn.

Poirot succeeds Debbie White, who has become CEO for Sodexo UK and Ireland. “We are extremely pleased that Olivier has joined our senior executive team,” said George Chavel, president and CEO of Sodexo, Inc. “With his depth of experience from another global, industry-leading, world-class company, he has enabled a seamless transition and is positioned perfectly to provide strong financial leadership during this important time of growth for our company.”

Poirot is a graduate of Ecole Superieure de Commerce de La Rochelle where he studied Finance and Administration.

About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo acts as a partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and employee well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo’s 413,000 employees in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled array of Quality of Life Services. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the fulfillment of its employees and the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates.

Sodexo in the World  
16 billion euro consolidated revenue
413,000 employees
22nd largest employer worldwide 
80 countries 
50 million consumers served daily

Sodexo in North America
8.0 billion dollars revenue
125,000 employees
10 million consumers served daily
6,000 sites
700 facilities management sites

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