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Sodexo’s Healthcare CEO in North America Named Among Powerful Executives by BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine

Aster Angagaw, CEO of Healthcare North America, Makes “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” List for Outstanding Leadership in a Public Company

GAITHERSBURG, Md., January 25, 2018 – Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company, announced today that Aster Angagaw, CEO, Healthcare North America, Sodexo, was named as one of the 300 “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” by BLACK ENTERPRISE. Consisting of 16 CEOs, 13 division CEOs and 271 Top Executives, the list pays tribute to the most dynamic African American executives leading some of the nation’s largest public and private companies.

Responsible for Sodexo’s Healthcare business in the U.S. and Canada and with a renewed focus on improving the patient experience, Aster leads this segment by integrating innovative healthcare solutions and platforms to bridge technology gaps among Sodexo’s hospital and medical sites.

“I am pleased to be recognized in the company of these incredible leaders and talented executives by BLACK ENTERPRISE,” said Aster Angagaw, CEO, Healthcare North America, Sodexo. “More importantly, I’m honored to represent Sodexo as a senior leader and a testament to the company’s commitment to women.”

Aster Angagaw is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and is part of ELC’s Community Impact Initiative committee, and the organization’s Membership committee. In addition to being a member of Sodexo’s African American Leadership Forum she is also active in the Sodexo Women’s Network Group.

“The commitment to women globally is championed at the highest levels of our organization,” said Rohini Anand, PhD., Senior Vice President & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo, and Co-Chair, Sodexo Women’s International Forum for Talent (SWIFt). “We are thrilled that Aster Angagaw was awarded for her efforts. She is an exceptional leader and a great role model to other women within the organization.”

In 2016, Sodexo committed to have 40 percent of its senior leadership made up of women leaders by 2025. The company is on track to meet its goal ahead of schedule with 32 percent in leadership positions to date.

Behind this effort and many of the company’s women initiatives is SWIFt, a committee that consists of cross-functional senior leaders, both male and female.  Created in 2009, SWIFt’s purpose is to advocate for gender balance at all levels of the organization with a focus on gender networks, work life effectiveness, development for women, Human Resources processes and communications.

Sodexo continues to be a leader in the diversity and inclusion space, having ranked as a top 10 company on DiversityInc’s 2017 ‘Top 50 Companies for Diversity’ list for the 9th consecutive year, being named one of the 2017 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother Magazine, and more. Visit our 2016 Global Diversity and Inclusion report for a complete list of awards.


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About Sodexo USA

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., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.

Contact: Heidi Marino, Sodexo, Inc., 301 233 6658