General Session Speaker

Johnpaul Dimech

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Sodexo Asia

Johnpaul Dimech is a seasoned and astute international CEO with over 20 years’ experience in the B2B and B2C markets. He began his career at Sodexo in 1998 at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney and has since worked his way through a varied and exciting series of C-suite positions in Australia, Singapore and India. Appointed as the Region Chair of the Asia Pacific region since 2017, Johnpaul facilitates the development and growth of Sodexo across 18 territories with the regional leadership committee and team of Country Presidents to develop new business interests and promote the Sodexo brand.

In his previous role as CEO, Mining Worldwide within Sodexo’s global Energy & Resources segment, Johnpaul has focused his teams on providing services that improve the quality of life of those who work and live in often extreme conditions to ensure safe, comfortable and productive environments that enhance wellbeing and improve competitiveness. Among many achievements, Johnpaul has been a leader of the unprecedented, collaborative tender process which enabled Sodexo to sign a tenyear integrated facilities management contract with a leading global mining client in Western Australia – the largest contract of its kind in Sodexo’s history.

As a “hands-on” leader, he has further driven Sodexo’s commitment to Safety, and Diversity & Inclusion; building gender diverse teams and successfully integrating people and cultures in local communities. His pragmatic approach to driving results through organizational design, performance and contract management as well as operational excellence has allowed this recognized leader to deliver sustainable growth and margin improvement.

Johnpaul is a board member of the Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He sits on the STOP Hunger Advisory Committee and is an Executive sponsor of Sodexo’s Global Disability Voice Taskforce, encouraging conversations and support around invisible disabilities, in particular, mental health.

A lifelong learner, Johnpaul studied Management at Swinburne University in Melbourne and has continued in his pursuit of education and betterment through courses at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sodexo Management Institute, the Centre of Creative Learning and the University of Chicago GSB. He currently resides in Singapore.



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