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Richard Macedonia '66

Richard Macedonia '66

As the former president and chief executive officer of Sodexho, Inc., Richard Macedonia, who retired as CEO in December 2007 to become CEO emeritus, was responsible for Sodexho North America. This includes Canada and Mexico and represents nearly one-half of global sales for Sodexho Alliance, an international company headquartered in Paris.

His leadership of food and facilities management services in North America recorded $7.5 billion in annual sales and meant overseeing 125,000 employees. Macedonia also served as COO of Sodexho Alliance, a global industry leader serving eighty countries with annual revenues in excess of $15.5 billion.

Macedonia earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from IUP in 1966. He was an assistant materials manager for Koppers, Inc., in Pittsburgh before beginning a career with Saga Corporation in 1968. Saga was bought by Marriott International in 1986 and then merged with Sodexho in 1998.

He served with Saga as unit and district manager until 1975, when he was named to the Healthcare Services Division, where he served as national director of marketing, vice president of marketing, and vice president of sales. 

With the acquisition by Marriott, Macedonia became vice president and chief operating officer of the Senior Living Services Division in 1988. He was appointed senior vice president of the Healthcare Services Division in 1996, and he was promoted to division vice president two years later. Macedonia served as the president of the Healthcare Services Division of Sodexho for three years before becoming the chief operating officer of the North American division in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed president and chief executive officer.

During Macedonia’s tenure, Sodexho developed its health care and senior markets in the U.S. and now holds 40 percent of the global market and 30 percent of the company’s U.S. sales. His leadership also extended to corporate diversity and has garnered Sodexho numerous awards for best place to work and a selection as a DiversityInc. Top 10 company for supplier diversity.

A participant in the annual Sodexho Servathon, Macedonia also championed the Sodexho Foundation, which has contributed $9.5 million to support U.S. nutrition programs for children, job training, and other poverty-related initiatives at local, state, and national levels.

Currently, Macedonia is a member of the Deloitte Diversity Board and is a past member of the Health Insights Foundation, Hospital Research and Development Institute, and the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

In December 2006, Macedonia served as the IUP commencement speaker and was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He also served as keynote speaker for the 2007 IUP Freshman Convocation.

A native of Pittsburgh, Macedonia and his wife, Jane Whalen Macedonia ’66, now reside in Potomac, Md., and have four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Macedonia is a 2008 recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

Profile published on 6/30/08

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