Rohini Anand, PhD

Rohini Anand Biography

Dr. Rohini Anand is a strategic global 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 and driving sales. Dr. Anand is a recognized pioneer in her field and a sought-after expert in diversity, equity and inclusion, executive leadership, human capital, global corporate responsibility, and wellness. Her global experience, cultural dexterity, vast network and ability to influence leaders result in a reputation for judgment, integrity and accountability.

Dr. Rohini Anand was the former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo.  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, food service operations and recognition programs.


Dr. Anand is a published author and speaker featured in CNBC, Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg and National Public Radio, among others. 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.

Dr. Anand received her PhD from the University of Michigan. She chairs the Catalyst Board of Advisors and serves on the boards of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Galt Foundation, Community Wealth Partners, Respectful Exits, Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation, WomenLift Health, and Charter Communications External Diversity and Inclusion  Council.

Legacy of Dr. Rohini Anand

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