On 22 May, Sodexo, a French quality of life services firm officially opened its new regional headquarters office in Singapore, as part of its Asia-Pacific expansion plans. Mr Michel Landel, Sodexo's group chief executive, noted the immense growth potential in Asia and the huge reservoir of talent available." By 2030, 70 per cent of the workforce will come from Asia," he said, adding that the firm hopes to triple the headcount here within three years.
The company has been in Singapore since 1982 and now has around 1,000 staff providing a range of services such as maintenance and cleaning, facility and equipment management, and in-home assistance. Sodexo group chief executive Michel Landel said that the company was working with the Economic Development Board (EDB) "to bring innovation into the services that contribute to individual well-being and organisational performance".
The new 20,000 sq ft facility in Fusionopolis will support Sodexo’s operations in 15 countries in the region, and will undertake functions such as product development, in addition to planning and innovation. The office move to Fusionopolis is so that the company can be closer to its clients – such as GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever and National University Hospital – to develop new services with them.
Ms Thien Kwee Eng, assistant managing director of the Economic Development Board, said that Singapore's small size and cultural diversity make the country an ideal test bed for Sodexo's innovations." We look forward to having Sodexo leverage Singapore's suppport ecosystem of consumer insights, brand management, food product development and supply chain capabilities, to drive and integrate Asia-centric innovation across its life services business," she added.