GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Sodexo Live!, the hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, is pleased to announce the appointment of Belinda Oakley as its new Chief Executive Officer, North America. A proven international business leader with two decades of foodservice management experience who has successfully led enterprise growth strategies through operational excellence, innovation and the development of high performing teams, Oakley takes over to lead 20,000+ team members at 150+ partner venues throughout the US and Canada.  

Oakley replaces outgoing CEO Steve Pangburn who will stay on to help with the transition through the end of March 2023 in an advisory capacity. Pangburn has opted to step down, in order to spend more time with his family in France, where he will continue working with Sodexo.  

As we double down on pursuing our ambitious growth goals, we’re thrilled to welcome Belinda to the team, said Nathalie Bellon-Szabo, Sodexo Live! Global Chief Executive Officer. She has an outstanding track record in commercial and business development – with Belinda’s leadership and capabilities, the talents and engagement of the North America team and the strong positive momentum of our business, I am confident we will be successful in accelerating our growth in North America.

A native Australian, Oakley has led organizations on three continents, leveraging her transformative leadership style to build cultures of innovation, driving operational excellence and achieving record results.  


  • Most recently, she was the CEO of Chartwells K12, a $1B business where she led 16,000 employees serving 2 million meals daily at 4,400 schools across the US.
  • Previously, she also held leadership roles for Famous Brands International, Brumby’s Bakeries and Benugo.
  • Oakley is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Executive MBA program with honours, where she still serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Daniels College of Business 


This evolution in leadership comes as a natural next step in the continued growth story of Sodexo Live! as it prepares for a milestone year in North America, from hosting the Formula One Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium and the 2023 MLB All-Star Game at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park to an expected high-volume calendar of meetings and events at convention centers and cultural attractions. Its airport lounge business is also preparing to open multiple new premium lounge spaces with British Airways, as global travel roars back to life.  

It is impossible to put into words the level of excitement I have for this new role. This is a sector and industry I have admired for years now, said Belinda Oakley, CEO, Sodexo Live! North America. We are just getting started, and I look forward to serving the organization and bringing a new perspective to the organization.

Oakley will join the Sodexo Live! Global Executive Committee and report to Nathalie Bellon-Szabo. 


About Sodexo Live!

Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.



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