Rohini Anand

Former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Dr. Rohini Anand is a strategic business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed cultures, built an iconic brand with an enduring reputation resulting in growing the core business, accelerating new business creation and driving sales. With expertise that spans executive leadership, human capital, global corporate responsibility, wellness and diversity and inclusion, Rohini brings a unique perspective on the critical alignment of the business culture and the triple bottom line to drive exceptional performance. From a single company platform, Rohini has become recognized as a pioneer  in her field and a sought after expert by leaders around the world. Her global experience, cultural dexterity, extensive rolodex and ability to influence leaders result in a reputation for judgment, integrity, and accountability.

Most recently Dr. Rohini Anand was SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services.  She was responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexo’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo’s corporate social responsibility and wellness strategies. Dr. Anand reported to the Global CEO and was a member of the North America Executive Committee for Sodexo.  Operating in 72 countries, Sodexo serves 100 million customers each day. With €20.2 billion ($22.2 billion) in annual revenue, and 460,000 employees, Sodexo is the 19th largest employer in the world and the leader in delivering integrated facilities management, foodservice operations and recognition programs.

Widely considered as a leading expert on organizational transformation, corporate responsibility and diversity and inclusion, Dr. Anand is a published author and has been featured in several articles including articles published in CNBC, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Rohini has appeared on CNN, Bloomberg and CNN Money as well on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of many accolades including the Mosaic Woman Leadership Award, the Women’s Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award, the Maryland International Business Leadership Award, the American Institute for Managing Diversity’s Individual Leader Award, Webster University’s Women of Influence Award, the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Award (WWAAC), Ascend’s inaugural Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, and the Diversity Leadership Star Award by Diversity Woman.

Under Dr. Anand’s leadership, the Sodexo brand has become synonymous with leadership in diversity, corporate responsibility and wellness. Sodexo received the prestigious 2012 Catalyst Award and ranked in the top 10 of DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity for 11 consecutive years. Additionally, Sodexo was named Global Sustainability Industry Leader in its sector for the 14th year in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and ranked as the top-scoring company in its sector in the RobecoSAM ‘Sustainability Yearbook 2019’ for twelve consecutive years. Sodexo’s remarkable global culture change, led by diversity and inclusion, is featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled Shifting the Diversity Climate: the Sodexo Solution as well as profiled in several books on global diversity and inclusion.

Rohini holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and received her bachelors from Bombay University in India.