Third annual Influential Leaders Challenge celebrates 29 change-makers and their impact on global issues
Today, AACSB celebrated the positive impact business school graduates are making in communities around the globe as part of the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge. As an annual initiative, the challenge honours notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools such as Audencia whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders.
Audencia’s alumnus Damien Verdier was recognised at AACSB’s 2018 Deans Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, among a group of 29 business pioneers, from 13 industry sectors, whose careers are addressing today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges.
Damien Verdier (GE 79) serves as Group Chief Strategy, Organization, Development, Research & Innovation Officer with Sodexo and is also president of the International Food Waste Coalition.
“Each honoree from the 2018 class of Influential Leaders reflects the mindset, knowledge, and passion that impactful business leaders must embody to impart positive change in today’s society,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “We would like to thank Damien Verdier for demonstrating the true excellence and leadership we wish to see in the world, and we congratulate Audencia Business School for their role in helping to mould a new generation of global business leaders dedicated to driving impact that results in global prosperity.”
Damien Verdier and his peers in the 2018 Influential Leaders class were recognised across three categories, including:
- Alumni Business Leaders Working in Nonprofit or Community-Based Organisations
- Alumni Business Leaders Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
- Business Leaders Influencing Business Education
“I have carried out my professional career with growing responsibilities at both national and international levels.” says Damien Verdier. “I was able to occupy a number of positions, mostly operational, in France up to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo France. Then, internationally, my positions were more focused on functional areas. In short, all these responsibilities were very diverse and highly enriching. Sodexo has accompanied me on this journey and is fundamentally committed to strong values and mission. It has been part of an incredible story and in the space of 50 years has become the world leader and largest French employer in the World. I'm proud of this recognition from AACSB which echoes Sodexo's values, my values and Audencia's values.”
For more information on the Influential Leaders Challenge, and to view a full list of honorees, visit www.aacsb.edu/influential-leaders.