Sigitas Zubrickas, a business manager with Sodexo Ireland, has won the Catering Manager of the Year Award at the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) annual Founder’s Banquet and Hospitality Management Awards on Thursday 28 November 2019 in Dublin.

Over 500 industry leaders gathered to recognise the personal contribution of individual professionals to the hospitality sector in 13 categories.

Commenting on his win, Sigitas said:

It was a fantastic night and thank you to my colleague, Julianne Forrestal, our executive development chef, for nominating me. It was an honour to have made the shortlist and I am absolutely delighted to have won.

Sigitas Zubrickas, a business manager with Sodexo IrelandSigitas manages the staff restaurant and corporate hospitality for one of Sodexo’s leading clients in banking and financial services, and where his guests have included government ministers, European banking chiefs and many senior business leaders.  

Julie Ennis, country president, Sodexo Ireland, said: “Congratulations on a well-deserved win for Sigitas, a consummate professional that empowers his team through effective delegation and encouragement of employee talent."

His knowledge, passion and experience has been invaluable to the wider business, supporting the business development team as well as hosting site visits by client prospects and our international leadership team.

Sodexo is a leading provider of food and facilities management services to clients in business and industry, education, financial services, government services and healthcare in Ireland and Northern Ireland. In Ireland, it employs approximately 3,700 people in 230 locations with a combined turnover of over €141 million in 2019. It spent €22.7m on Irish products in 2018. It is part of the Sodexo Group, the world’s largest services company.



Sigitas Zubrickas, a business manager with Sodexo Ireland (centre), accepting the Catering Manager of the Year Award for 2019 from Jim Reeves of Unilever Food Solutions (left) and Oonagh Cremins, president of the Irish Hospitality Institute (right).

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