Chief Operations Officer
Compass Group USA
Rick Postiglione, well-known as ‘Rick Post’ in the industry, is the Chief Operations Officer for Compass Group USA. He is responsible for a distinguished portfolio of food and support service businesses in the U.S.; Canteen, Eurest, Eurest Services, FLIK Hospitality Group, CulinArt Group, Mazzone Hospitality, Morrison Community Living, Restaurant Associates, TouchPoint Support Services, Unidine, and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Prior to his appointment as COO in November 2014, Rick served as the CEO of Contract Foodservice in the USA.
A 2007 International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Winner and the 2006 recipient of Thompson Hospitality’s Fred D. Thompson Sr. Award, Rick was also honored as the 43rd Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johnson & Wales University Hospitality College in Providence, Rhode Island in May 2005. He is an active member in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and maintains a Board position in the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) organization and in October 2015 was presented with their SHFM Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rick came to Compass Group North America in 1997, assuming Presidency of FLIK International. Working closely with company founders, Ruëdiger and Julie Flik, Rick helped grow the business substantially and was promoted to President & CEO of the Business & Industry Sector in 1999. In 2007, Rick’s responsibilities were expanded beyond B&I and he was appointed CEO of Contract Foodservices. With over 4,000 locations representing $9 billion in revenue and 110,000 team members, Rick’s “ownership” philosophy has sparked tremendous business growth across all of the Compass Group sectors.
Raised in a family with two generations of food industry tradition, Rick has been involved in foodservice for over 25 years. His career began at the age of 16 in his family’s small retail store, Pastosa located in Brooklyn, New York and the rest is history.
Rick is a graduate of Staten Island College; he also attended Brooklyn College where he studied business administration, marketing, and advertising.
Rick is married with four children and resides in New Jersey.