Since 2009, Sylvia Metayer has been President of Sodexo’s International Large Accounts, with responsibility for supporting and developing partnerships with Sodexo’s top global clients. During her time in that role she forged and renewed major global partnerships with international clients including Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Nokia, Shell and General Electric.
Sylvia joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller, designing and implementing International Financial Reporting Standards [IFRS] based tools, processes and systems, for financial consolidation and management reporting. She was later appointed CFO for Sodexo’s On-site Services operations in Europe, where she was integral to the preparation of large, complex tenders.
Before joining Sodexo, Sylvia was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston-based educational publisher. She was part of a management team that took the company private with a leveraged-buy-out, sponsored by Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners, and led the company’s acquisition and development of a portfolio of technology solutions. Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor in the Paris office of Arthur Andersen before going on to hold key financial positions with Danone, Mattel and Vivendi.
Sylvia is a trustee of the Quebec Labrador Foundation, a member of the European Professional Women’s Network and of HEC au Féminin. She is also a former Board Member of the New England Franco American Chamber of Commerce.
Sylvia holds a business degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Paris, France. She’s also a graduate of Queen’s University, Canada and the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Sylvia is French/British/Canadian, she speaks French and English.