Michel Landel

Published on October 19, 2017

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Sodexo | France

Michel Landel

Michel Landel was born in 1951 in Morocco to a Russian mother and French father. His multicultural background led him naturally to an international career.

Landel joined Sodexo in 1984 as Operations Manager for Eastern and North Africa, then was promoted to Director for Remote Sites operations in Africa. In 1989 he moved to the US to manage Sodexo's North American operations.

He became CEO for Sodexo in North America in 1999 and in February 2000 was named Vice-Chairman of the Group's Executive Committee. In 2005 Landel was appointed CEO of Sodexo Group. Since then, he has led Sodexo's transformation to become the global leader in Quality of Life Services.

One of Landel's priorities has always been to foster the human factor within the larger organization. His commitment to diversity and inclusion has resulted in the organization being considered a recognized leader in the area. Under Landel's leadership, Sodexo was honored with the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award.

Landel has received many honors including the CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices and the CEO Advocate of the Year award from Asian Enterprise magazine. He figures on Harvard Business Review’s 2016 ranking of The Best-Performing CEOs in the World.


Watch Michel Landel's opening speech on how “Human Beings Must Remain at the Heart of the Service Sector Revolution”.

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