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Sodexo Announces Senior Corporate Services Appointments

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24.08.2021, 16:46

Sodexo Announces Senior Corporate Services Appointments

Sodexo has made three appointments to its Corporate Services leadership team in the United Kingdom and Ireland as it strengthens its Vital Spaces workplace services proposition.

Paula Stevenson has been appointed managing director, with Libby Escolme joining as marketing director and brand head, and Harpreet Cheema becomings Head of Workplace Services.

For the past four years, Stevenson has worked in Sodexo’s Global Strategic Accounts team, where she has led the prestigious account of one of the world’s largest healthcare companies as its Global Account Director. She has three decades of facilities and project management experience, spanning a range of sectors – and a knowledge of integrated facilities management (IFM) which has nurtured her talent as a skilled negotiator, strong leader and strategic thinker. 

Escolme joins Sodexo from restaurant chain Itsu, where she was serving as marketing director. She brings 20 years’ experience in marketing for leading global FMCG, retail and leisure brands across multiple international markets to her new role, and will lead the UK and Ireland Marketing function and client and consumer marketing strategy for Corporate Services in the UK and Ireland.  


Cheema has worked in Sodexo’s Service Operations team, where he led the Digital and Promotions team for the past four years. Cheema brings innovation and thought leadership and has been instrumental in Sodexo’s activity to enable the business to return safely and has played an essential role as co-chair of the Origins group, which encourages inclusivity and cohesion by celebrating the diversity of culture. In his new role, he will lead the development, deployment, performance management and awareness building of Workplace Services. 

Julie Ennis, CEO Corporate Services Sodexo UK & Ireland, comments: “With the lifting of the work from home guidance in England, our clients need our expertise more than ever to help them to transform their workplaces as we begin a new way of working and as society starts to open up fully.   

“I am delighted to have Paula, Libby and Harpreet on board as we continue to develop our Workplace Services and strengthen our Vital Spaces value proposition, which will help empower clients to transform their workplaces in both the short and long-term.”

Vital Spaces – Sodexo’s workplace transformation initiative, was launched to prepare businesses for shifting futures and encompasses a full range of workplace and worklife services that are proving popular in the post-Covid-19 environment


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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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