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Sodexo acquires Zehnacker Ireland

Published 2nd June, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Sodexo acquires Zehnacker Ireland

Onsite service solutions provider Sodexo Ireland has acquired Zehnacker Ireland, which provides specialist facilities management services for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.

The company, which employs 25 people in Ireland, will be renamed Sodexo Zehnacker Healthcare. There will be no changes to the current staff numbers or management team. A new board of directors will be appointed which will include Zehnacker’s current managing director John O’Carroll. Stuart Carter, director of investment and infrastructure, Sodexo UK and Ireland, will act as chairman.

John O’Carroll, managing director of Zehnacker Ireland, said: “The amalgamation will allow us further access into the European healthcare markets thereby increasing the exchange of technical advances, industry trends and benchmarks which may prove valuable to our customers in their pursuit of cost savings initiatives and allow Sodexo Zehnacker Healthcare deliver a superior service offering.”

Stuart Carter said: “Our investment in Zehnacker marks a new and exciting phase for us here in Ireland. The new company will continue to trade separately but will now be working closely and alongside our existing management team and operations here, specifically in the area of new business development.”

Sodexo Ireland provides catering and an extensive range of support services like cleaning, security, reception, waste management and grounds maintenance to clients primarily in business and industry, financial services, pharma and the semi-states. It also has a number of clients in the healthcare and education sectors.

Jeremy Dicks, managing director of Sodexo Ireland, said: “We’re very pleased with the move as Sodexo has a large and well-established medical-healthcare client portfolio in the UK and we are looking to develop that side of our business in Ireland. We look forward to a close and fruitful working relationship with John and his team.”