Search
The Caterer

Debbie White to replace Aidan Connolly as chief executive of Sodexo UK and Ireland

23 November 2011 by
Debbie White to replace Aidan Connolly as chief executive of Sodexo UK and Ireland

In a surprise move, Sodexo has announced the departure of Aidan Connolly, chief executive of its UK and Ireland business, to be replaced by Debbie White.

Connolly, who has been with the company for almost five years, started as finance director in 2007 before his appointment as chief executive in 2009. He leaves to join leading financial services provider, WorldPay, as chief finance officer.

During Connolly's time at Sodexo, the company has seen a steady increase in its profit margins and client retention rate as well as some major contract wins and the recent acquisition of WS Atkins's asset management business.

White, who will take up her new role on 1 January 2012, is no stranger to Sodexo, having previously worked for Sodexo UK and Ireland as finance director from 2004 to 2007 before crossing the Atlantic to join Sodexo North America as chief financial officer.

Michel Landel, Sodexo's chief executive officer, said that Connolly had done a fantastic job during his time with the company and wished him the best of luck in his new role.

"Debbie has proven herself to be a valuable and committed individual throughout her time with Sodexo, both here and in North America," he said. "I have every confidence in her ability to lead the Sodexo team in the UK and Ireland and look forward to seeing the business continue to develop further."

Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100 - Aidan Connolly of Sodexo >>

Sodexo - from catering to combined services >>

By Janet Harmer

E-mail your comments to Janet Harmer here.

Tabletalk
Tabletalk
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk

Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Blogs on Catererandhotelkeeper.com ](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-newsletters](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/email-newsletters.htm)[ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!