Food services company Sodexo Live! has appointed Claire Morris as the new CEO for its UK and Ireland division.

Morris has worked for the company for 17 years and brings extensive experience and a history of success to her new role.

She has been a part of the Sodexo Live! global executive team since 2015, initially leading the marketing function and subsequently spearheading the growth organisation for the global business.

In a career spanning more than 25 years in the food and facilities industry, Morris has been instrumental in driving strategic marketing initiatives.

These initiatives range from integrating acquisitions to developing brands and concepts, as well as forming a growth team to boost sales.

In 2023 she established a digital and tech startup function within Sodexo Live!

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She will continue to lead the global marketing, sales and digital department.

Sodexo Live! global CEO Nathalie Bellon-Szabo said: “Claire’s dedication, leadership and client-centric focus make her the perfect choice to lead our operations in the UK and Ireland. We are confident that under her guidance, Sodexo Live! will continue to thrive and deliver outstanding value to our client partners and their guests. 

“Her prior experience, and knowledge of the UK market are invaluable, Couple this with her global role and innovative approach [and] it will unlock a wealth of opportunities for clients, customers and colleagues.”

Claire said: “I am delighted to take on the role of CEO for Sodexo Live! in the UK and Ireland. The company’s commitment to excellence and client satisfaction aligns seamlessly with my own values, and I am excited to contribute to the success of Sodexo Live! in this new capacity.”

The company recently renewed its contract with AstraZeneca, providing food and facilities management services in several European countries for an additional five years.

This contract extension builds on a partnership that has seen Sodexo expand its services across the UK and Europe since 2012.