Sodexo has appointed Deborah Rowland as director of public sector affairs to enhance its relationship within the UK and Ireland public sector.
Rowland joins from the Ministry of Justice where she was responsible for facilities management for the justice, home office and crown prosecution services estates. She has previously worked for the Cabinet Office where she was responsible for delivering the facilities management (FM) strategy for £3.2b spend per annum.
She said: "I am delighted to have joined Sodexo which is a great FM brand. I am looking forward to utilising my public sector knowledge in helping the organisation develop its strategy and offering in this area."
Sean Haley, regional chairman, Sodexo UK & Ireland, added: "As we look to grow our business, it's critical we understand the challenges our clients face, Deborah has significant experience in facilities management in the public sector and with this experience and her expertise, I am confident that Deborah will be a great asset to our senior management team and will help us strengthen our relationship with government and the public sector."
In her new role Rowland will also chair the organisation's public sector board and work closely with Sodexo's global justice services team to develop its strategy.
Sodexo operates in both central and local government and considers the public sector as a key area for growth. Currently around half of its UK and Ireland business serves the public sector.
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