Sylvia Metayer

Chief Growth Officer at Sodexo SA

Sylvia Metayer

Sylvia Metayer

Chief Growth Officer at Sodexo SA


Sylvia Metayer is Sodexo’s Chief Growth Officer since September 2019 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. In her role, Sylvia has responsibility for ensuring that Strategy, Marketing and Sales are aligned around a consistent client and consumer-centric go-to-market strategy, all powered by Digital and Innovation. Sylvia was previously CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services Worldwide Segment.

In her 13 years with Sodexo, Sylvia has delivered growth by forging new client relationships as well as deepening existing ones with key corporate and large accounts. She has driven the creation of strong Integrated Facilities Management capabilities, the development of innovative consumer focused offers, the emergence of Sodexo as a thought leader on Quality of Life in the Workplace, and acquisitions or partnerships in the digital space.

Sylvia first joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, and was later appointed CFO for Sodexo’s On-Site Services operations in Europe, taking an active part in the preparation of large and complex tenders.

From 2010, Sylvia headed up Sodexo’s International Large Accounts, developing Sodexo’s key Corporate clients. In her previous role as CEO of Sodexo’s Corporate Services Worldwide segment, Sylvia led a team of 170 000 employees, whose daily mission was to improve the quality of life of adults at work across over 60 countries.

Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor in the Paris office of Arthur Andersen before going on to hold key financial positions in leading international groups. Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston- based educational publisher.

Sylvia is a Non-Executive Director for Page Group Plc, a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation and serves on the Research Orientation Committee and the Strategic Advisory Board at HEC Business School. Within Sodexo, Sylvia is a founding member of SoTogether, the Group’s women network, and Executive sponsor of Pride, Sodexo’s LGBT network.

Sylvia holds a business degree from the French Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, and speaks French and English.

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Chairman-European Commission at Mouvement des Entreprises de France

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Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Executive Committee at Sodexo SA

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Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Executive Committee at Sodexo SA

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Chief Communications Officer at Sodexo SA

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Founder at Sodexo SA

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Global Chief Executive Officer Schools & Universities at Sodexo SA

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Chief Executive Officer-Benefits & Rewards at Sodexo SA

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Chief Executive Officer Healthcare & Seniors Worldwide at Sodexo SA

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Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Sodexo SA

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President at Sodexo Foundation

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Chief Growth Officer at Sodexo SA
Class of 1981

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

Class of 1980

University of Ottawa is a bilingual public research university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 42.5 hectares (105 acres) in the residential neighbourhood of Sandy Hill, adjacent to Ottawa's Rideau Canal. The University offers a wide variety of academic programs, administered by ten faculties. The University of Ottawa was first established as the College of Bytown in 1848 by the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa Joseph-Bruno Guigues (French priest). Placed under the direction of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, it was renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861 and received university status five years later through royal charter. On 5 February 1889, the University was granted a pontifical charter by Pope Leo XIII, elevating the institution to a pontifical university. The University was reorganized on 1 July 1965 as a corporation, independent from any outside body or religious organization. As a result, the civil and pontifical charters were kept by the newly created Saint Paul University, federated with the University. The remaining civil faculties were retained by the reorganized University.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris specializes in education and research in management sciences. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of education programs for students and leaders. HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 106 professors, 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers in executive education programs every year.

Career History
Chief Growth Officer
2006 - Current

Sodexo SA engages in the provision of on-site services, benefits and rewards services, and personal and home care services. It offers integrated solutions which cover a variety of working and living environments and are available in client segments which include corporate, health care, education, defense, remote sites, justice services, seniors, and sports and leisure. Sodexo was founded by Pierre Bellon in 1966 and is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.

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