Sodexo History Milestones

1966
Pierre Bellon launches Sodexhoin Marseille, founded on the Bellon family’s experience of more than 60 years in maritime catering for luxury liners and cruise ships. Operations initially serve staff restaurants, schools and hospitals.
Pierre Bellon
1968
Operations commence in the Parisarea.
Paris 1968
1971-78
International expansion begins with a contract in Belgium. Development of the Remote Site Managementbusiness, first in Africa, then in the Middle East. Start of Sodexho’sService Voucher business.
Remote Site Management in the Middle East
1983
Initial public offering of Sodexho shares on the Paris Stock Exchange.
La Bourse de Paris - The Paris Stock Exchange
1985-1993
Sodexho establishes activities in the Americas, Japan, South Africa and Russia, and reinforces its presence in the rest of Central Europe.
Japan
1995
Sodexho becomes the world market leader in food service thanks to alliances with Gardner Merchant in the UK and Partena in Sweden.
International school meals
1997
The group’s holding company changes its name to Sodexho.Sodexho joins forces withUniversal Ogden Services, the leading remote site service provider in the United States.
Remote Site Management on offshore oil rigs
1998
Sodexho shares are accepted into the Paris Stock Exchange.Founding of Sodexho Marriott Services, with Sodexho holding 48.4% of the outstanding shares. The new company is the North American market leader for food and management services.
North America market leader
2000
Albert George is appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sodexho.Sodexho and Universal Servicesmerge to form Universal Sodexho, becoming the leader in remote site management.
Pierre Bellon and Albert George
2001
Sogeres (France) and Wood Dining Services (USA) join Sodexho.Sodexho acquires 53% of the share capital of Sodexho Marriott Services, which changes its name to Sodexho Inc.
Railway dining services
2002
On 3rd April 2002, Sodexho shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
New York Stock Exchange
2003
Jean-Michel Dhenain and Michel Landel are appointed Group Chief Operating Officers, succeeding Albert George.
Jean-Michel Dhenain and Michel Landel
2004
The succession plan for Pierre Bellon is put into place.The Board of Directors announces that effective on 1st September 2005, the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer will become separate functions.
Pierre Bellon in 2004
2005
On 1st September 2005, Michel Landel becomes Chief Executive Officer and Pierre Belloncontinues as Chairman of the Board.
Michel Landel
2006
Sodexho, the world leader in Food and Facilities Management Services, turned 40 in 2006.This important milestone provided an opportunity to look back on four decades of extraordinary growth, which have transformed a small family business, founded in Marseille, into a global market leader.
Pierre Bellon book
2008
In 2008, the Group has changed its name from Sodexho Alliance to “Sodexo”. The Group also is rejuvenating its virtual identity including a simpler, more modern design of its logo.
Logo Sodexo

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