Aster Angagaw is the seventh of ten children born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, an author, and a business leader and enjoys reading, exercising, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She thrives on creating dynamic balance in her career, community, personal growth, self-care, and overall purpose to achieve sustainable success in her work and life.
Aster currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Owens & Minor Inc. (NYSE: OMI), a leading healthcare logistics company providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers of healthcare products, from disposable medical supplies to devices and implants. She also serves on the Board of Lucid Diagnostics Inc. (Nasdaq: LUCD) (“Lucid”), a commercial-stage cancer prevention medical diagnostics company and a subsidiary of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM, PAVMZ) (“PAVmed”).
She recently served as President of ServiceMaster Brands, the $2.6 billion revenue franchise services division of ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SERV), a leading provider of essential services to residential and commercial customers. Last year, Ms. Angagaw guided the sale of the division to a private equity firm for $1.6 billion. Prior to ServiceMaster, she served in a series of senior executive roles at Sodexo SA (Euronext: SW), a Paris-headquartered multinational diversified services company with 440,000 employees and over $20 billion in revenue. Over 23 years at Sodexo, she had a successful record of accomplishment in operations, strategy and business development, organizational transformation, and customer retention. She rose to become Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare North America, overseeing 6,000 employees providing services as well as facilities and clinical technology management to top-rated hospitals and children’s oncology centers in the US and Canada. Notable prior roles at Sodexo included serving as a member of its Healthcare Global Executive Committee, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Sales and Business Development, responsible for directing business development and creating a unified global sales organization for the global Healthcare segment, and Group Vice President for Global Transformation, where she helped lead a transition from country-specific business units to a unified global model.
Aster has received numerous honors and has been named multiple times to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of the Most influential Black Executives in Corporate America and Most Powerful Women in Business, as well as Savoy magazine’s list of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America. She also received the Diversity Leadership Council’s Leadership Excellence Award. In 2020, Aster was awarded the distinguished 400 Award from 400 years of African American History Commission.
She serves on the advisory board of the Women in Business Collaborative, an alliance of businesswomen’s organizations working together to achieve equal position, pay, and power for all women in business. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization comprising current and former Black CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, which has worked to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and seeks to open channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities.
Ms. Angagaw received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Her book was released on November 30, 2021
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