Steve Pangburn is Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer for Sodexo’s North America Sports & Leisure business, which includes Centerplate and more than 170 clients, working with them to create unforgettable customer, fan and guest experiences. Whether supporting sporting events, convention centers, zoos, aquariums, ski areas or museums, Steve’s teams are committed to making sure their services are innovative, sustainable and top-notch. He oversees a network of talented hospitality professionals and an abundance of resources, which allow managers and staff to focus on providing first-class services for clients.
He is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services. Operating in 72 countries, Sodexo’s 460,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day. With $9.6B in annual revenues in the U.S. and Canada, Sodexo’s 160,00 employees in North America provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 13,000 client sites. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct.
Following the acquisition of Centerplate by Sodexo, Mr. Pangburn was named Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he was Sodexo’s Head of Group Internal Audit, reporting directly to Sodexo’s founder and majority shareholder Pierre Bellon. Subsequently, he was appointed CFO France and later took on the role of European Chief Financial Officer, and next held the dual roles of SVP Finance Global Sports & Leisure and CFO France Region, as well as supervising other regions such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Central Eastern Europe.
He graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in business, finance and accounting.