Sodexo has appointed Candice Eves as business development director for independent education.
She joins from BaxterStorey, where she spent three years as business development manager.
Eves will report directly to Jeremy Alderton, managing director for the independent education division.
Commenting on her appointment, he said: "This is an incredibly important role and I am confident Candice's experience in business development and her culinary focus will be a powerful combination in driving our business forward."
Eves added: "I am absolutely delighted to have joined the Independents by Sodexo team and already feel totally at home. With 100% retention for the last year and a couple of fantastic recent contract wins, I have no doubt we can build upon this success and grow the business further".