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Debbie White

Chief Executive, Global Healthcare and Global Government, 
Debbie White, Chief Executive, Sodexo

Debbie is a Cambridge graduate who qualified as a chartered accountant and tax advisor with Arthur Andersen in the UK. Almost half of her career was spent with AstraZeneca where she held a wide range of financial roles. She later became a director at PWC Consulting where she worked across a range of sectors in a global role advising on integration, financial performance improvement and post-merger integration.

 

Debbie joined Sodexo in the UK & Ireland in January 2004 as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for finance, IS&T, legal, strategic planning and the PFI team. During her time in this role, Debbie delivered excellent financial results, substantially improved the capability of the finance function and helped build a strong platform for growth.

 

In February 2007, Debbie was appointed as Sodexo Group's Head of Projects, reporting to the global CEO, Michel Landel. In this role, she led two projects key to the future of Sodexo's organisation and competitive business proposition. 

 

In 2008, she became the Chief Financial Officer of Sodexo Inc. (North America) an $8bn, 140,000 people organisation. Debbie oversaw the finance functions and personnel for the company's six operating divisions, as well as the risk management functions. During her four years she worked with the business to deliver year on year revenue and profit growth, she also drove major improvements and enhancements in the finance organisation through the Finance for Value (FFV) programme. 

 

During her time in the U.S., Debbie took on other key areas of responsibility such as becoming the executive sponsor of the women's and inter-generational employee network groups. She is a founding member of SWIFt - Sodexo's Women's International Forum for talent. She also led a number of projects to improve the operational and financial performance of sites across the North America portfolio. 

 

In January 2012, Debbie returned to the UK to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer for Sodexo UK & Ireland and to lead the business into a new era of change and growth. In her first eighteen months she has re-focused the business, developing a clear strategy to drive growth and business improvement, this is grounded in the fundamentals of the business, the people.

 

Earlier this year Debbie became a trustee of the charity, Women of Wellbeing which raises funds for research to improve the health of women and children across the world. 

 

Debbie is married with three boys and enjoys spending time with her family, walking, cycling and relaxing.