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Haley becomes new regional chair of Sodexo UK and Ireland

Sodexo UK and Ireland has announced Sean Haley as its new regional chair. The appointment is in addition to his current position as managing director for service operations.

Sodexo-Sean-HaleyHaley, who has 28 years’ experience and an in-depth knowledge of both public and private sector outsourcing, joined Sodexo over four years ago as part of the acquisition of Atkins’ asset management business in December 2011.

As MD for Sodexo’s service operations division, and previously as head of business development, he has played a critical role in supporting the transformation of the business, developing world-class infrastructure and creating the clear focus on growth necessary to deliver the company’s ambitious targets.

Haley is also a strong supporter of Sodexo’s diversity and inclusion strategy, and has chaired the award-winning ‘Generations’ workstream, one of six D&I workstreams  at Sodexo, which seeks to forge understanding and better working relationships between the different generations in Sodexo’s 34,000-strong workforce.

Haley commented:

“Sodexo has enjoyed consistent growth in the UK and Ireland market in the last few years. We continue to build our reputation for innovative services that improve quality of life for our clients and customers across both the private and public sectors, and are seeing growth as a result. We also continue to be seen as a leader in responsible employment practices, having made a series of commitments to our employees in areas such as the Living Wage and gender pay reporting, and I’m committed to ensuring this remains a focus.”

The appointment follows the departure of Neil Murray, who leaves after seven years with Sodexo to pursue opportunities outside the group.

David Bailey, head of global development for Sodexo’s corporate services business takes over Murray’s other role, as CEO of Sodexo UK and Ireland’s corporate services business. Bailey led the sale and deployment of global contracts, including GSK, Unilever, Astra Zeneca, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Zurich, all of which are now top 10 clients in the UK and Ireland. He will retain his head of global development role.


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