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Sodexo’s Global Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Rohini Anand Appointed New Chair of the Catalyst Board of Advisors

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 25, 2017. Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services, announced today that Dr. Rohini Anand, senior vice president corporate responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Catalyst Board of Advisors, which features a variety of senior leaders across Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola Companies, Deloitte, IBM Corporation and Walmart. In this new leadership role, Anand will attend and chair all three Board of Advisors meetings over the next three years, as well as advise Catalyst’s CEO Deborah Gillis on new board members, meeting agendas and other board-related issues.

“I am delighted to welcome Rohini Anand as the new chair of the Catalyst Board of Advisors. Rohini is a recognized advocate for gender diversity and inclusion in workplaces,” said Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst. “She has been a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors for many years and brings a breadth of experience and proven record of driving change to this role. I look forward to working with her in this new leadership role that is sure to be incredibly valuable to Catalyst as a whole.”

“I am excited to represent Catalyst and Sodexo in my new role as Chair of the Advisory Board,” said Dr. Anand. “It’s a great honor and I’m looking forward to continuing to advance Catalyst’s mission of accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion.”

Dr. Anand’s commitment to diversity and inclusion continues to generate success and position Sodexo as a global leader in the space. As Sodexo’s SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, she has helped the company rank among the world’s best. Under Dr. Anand’s leadership, Sodexo received the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award and has ranked in the top ten for nine consecutive years on the DiversityInc business index of Top Companies for Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, The Human Rights Campaign has given Sodexo a 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index for nine years and Sodexo was named Global Sustainability Industry Leader in its sector for the 12th year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

At Sodexo, diversity and inclusion is critical to a winning business strategy, grounded in our core values of team spirit and the spirit of service and progress. In our continued commitment to being an inclusive organization, we embrace, leverage and respect the diversity of our employees, our customers and clients, and the communities in which we live, work and serve. For more information about Diversity at Sodexo, visit


About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 supporting organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.


Sodexo in North America 
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed more than $29 million since 1999 to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.




Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.

Contact: Stephanie Hampton, Sodexo, Inc., 301 987 4091