Gary Green

Chief Executive Officer
Compass Group North America

Gary Green holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for Compass Group North America and is a member of the executive board of the parent company, Compass Group PLC.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in 1999, Gary held the position of chief financial officer for the North American Division. He was a key member of the Compass Group team that led the buyout of Canteen Corporation from Flagstar in 1994.

Gary joined London-based Compass Group at the time of the 1987 management buyout after having joined Grand Metropolitan PLC in 1986. He held the position of commercial director, managing all Compass Group units in the south of England, before becoming Joint Managing Director of the Business and Industry sector. His career has taken him to Europe, North America, and Africa.

Gary qualified as an accountant in the UK in 1981. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and the Hotel and Catering International Management Association.

In 2001, Gary was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Foodservice from Johnson & Wales, Charleston campus. In 2002, he received the prestigious Silver Plate Award for Foodservice Management awarded by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). IFMA selected Gary for his leadership of Compass Group in key areas including major acquisitions and the institution of industry-leading programs and standards. In 2004, he won a Golden Chain Award presented by Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators (MUFSO). The award celebrates Gary’s recent accomplishments and career achievements.

Gary is married with two children and resides in Charlotte, NC.

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