Lorna C. Donatone to Lead Sodexo's Business in North America and its Schools Operations Globally

Jan 19, 2016, 08:00 ET from Sodexo, Inc.

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, has announced that Lorna C. Donatone was appointed Sodexo Region Chair for North America and CEO of Schools worldwide.

In her new role, Donatone will oversee 133,000 employees and all Sodexo business in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. As CEO of Schools worldwide, she is responsible for a business segment with more than 3,500 client sites in 42 countries and €1.5 billion in revenue.

Donatone first joined Sodexo in 1999 and has held several key leadership roles in the company, including most recently the position of chief operating officer and president of Sodexo Education in the U.S. In that capacity, she led Sodexo's business at nearly 500 public school districts and more than 850 college and university campuses, overseeing more than 70,000 employees.

She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche in Dallas, Texas, and has worked in the airline, banking and high-tech industries. Donatone has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University in New Orleans and a Master's in Business Administration from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Active in the industry, Donatone has served as a board member of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, where she is currently Chair of the Board. She was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008 and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women's Foodservice Forum. Donatone also chairs the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors and is a member of the Tulane University Business School Council.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc., leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Universities, K-12 Schools, Hospitals, Seniors, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, 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 $27 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at SodexoInsights.com. Like Sodexo on Facebook and follow on Twitter @SodexoUSA.

Sodexo Group
Founded in Marseille, France 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 75 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 more than 50 years of experience: from foodservices, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance 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 420,000 employees throughout the world.

Key figures (as of August 31, 2015)

19.8 billion euro consolidated revenues

420,000 employees

19th largest employer worldwide

80 countries

32,000 sites

75 million consumers served daily

14 billion euro in market capitalization (as of January 12, 2016)


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