Paris, June 15, 2018 – Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, announces that Cathy Desquesses has been named Chief People Officer as of July 1st, 2018. Cathy Desquesses will report to Sodexo CEO Denis Machuel and will join the Executive Committee. She replaces Juan Pablo Urruticoechea, who is taking up a new role within Sodexo as Global Head of Business Development, Worldwide Corporate Services Segment.
Cathy Desquesses joins Sodexo from General Electric (GE), where she built a successful 20-year career in Human Resources, most recently as Global HR Leader of GE Power Gas, based in Switzerland. She also held senior HR roles at GE Corporate, GE Power, GE Capital and GE Oil & Gas, as well as at their global head office, working in France, the United States and Italy.
“I am delighted to welcome Cathy Desquesses to our global leadership team,” said Denis Machuel, Sodexo CEO. “Cathy brings to Sodexo her extensive experience in developing a global talent pipeline and, importantly, the proven ability to create and implement human resources strategies to support business growth. I would also like to wish Juan Pablo every success in his new role. I know he will contribute his considerable talents and skills to driving commercial success in our Corporate Services Segment business.”
Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 100 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over 50 years of experience: from food services, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from services and programs fostering employees’ engagement to solutions that simplify and optimize their mobility and expenses management, to in-home assistance, child care centers and concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 427,000 employees throughout the world.
Sodexo is included in the CAC 40 and DJSI indices.
Key figures (as of August 31, 2017)
| 20.7 billion euro in consolidated revenues
19th largest employer worldwide
100 million consumers served daily
11.8 billion euro in market capitalization (as of April 11, 2018)
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