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History

1966
Pierre Bellon launches Sodexho, in Marseille, founded on the Bellon family's experience of more than 60 years in maritime catering for luxury liners and cruise ships. Operations initially serve staff restaurants, schools and hospitals.

1968
Operations commence in the Paris area. 
 
1971-1978
International expansion begins with a contract in Belgium. Development of the Remote Site Management business, first in Africa, then in the Middle East. Sodexho's Service Voucher business enters.  
 
1983
Initial public offering of Sodexho shares on the Paris Bourse. 
 
1985-1993
Sodexho establishes activities in the Americas, Japan, South Africa and Russia, and reinforces its presence in the rest of Central Europe. 
 
1995
Sodexho becomes the world market leader in food service thanks to alliances with Gardner Merchant in the UK and Partena in Sweden. 
 
1997
The group's holding company changes its name to Sodexho Alliance.
Sodexho Alliance joins forces with Universal Ogden Services, the leading remote site service provider in the United States. 
 
1998
Sodexho Alliance shares are accepted into the Paris Bourse.
Founding of Sodexho Marriott Services, with Sodexho holding 48.4 percent of the outstanding shares. The new company is the North American market leader for food and management services. 
 
2000 
Albert George is appointed Chief Operating Officer of Sodexho Alliance.
Sodexho Alliance and Universal Services merge to form Universal Sodexho, becoming the leader in remote site management. 
 
2001 
Sogeres (France) and Wood Dining Services (USA) join Sodexho Alliance.
Sodexho acquires 53 percent of the share capital of Sodexho Marriott Services, which changes its name to Sodexho, Inc.   
    
2002  
In April 3, 2002, Sodexho Alliance shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.   
    
2003  
Jean-Michel Dhenain and Michel Landel are appointed Group Chief Operating Officers, succeeding Albert George.   
    
2004  
The succession plan for Pierre Bellon is put into place.
The Board of Directors announces that effective on September 1, 2005, the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer will become separate functions.   
    
2005  
On September 1st,  2005, Michel Landel becomes Chief Executive Officer and Pierre Bellon continues as Chairman of the Board.