Five Star Announces Executive Team Appointments

Oct. 19, 2018

Fills three C-level positions 

As a part of its long-term strategic growth plan, Five Star Food Service today announces the completion of three executive leadership team appointments. With such, the Canteen franchise adds one new role, activates a former role, and fills a vacant role on its executive team. 


Gregory McCall, previously Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Five Star, has been named Chief Revenue Officer – a newly created position. McCall has been with the company for seven years and has overseen the growth of both the sales and marketing teams. He will retain responsibility for both teams as well as add several line of business teams to his purview. McCall will focus on continued organic revenue growth across the company. 


Richard Kennedy has been named Chief Operating Officer – renewing the role’s position on the executive team. Kennedy comes to Five Star from a Charlotte-based boutique corporate strategy and operations consulting firm where he served as a Director. He brings 20 years’ experience to the company and played a role in Five Star’s success over the last decade via consultancy which resulted in the transition to becoming a Canteen franchise. Kennedy will focus on the company’s operational execution and maximize opportunities for excellence. 


Mike McLean, previously Corporate Controller at Five Star, has been named Chief Financial Officer – a role left vacant by the recent passing of Jean Bouchard. McLean came to Five Star in 2017 from logistics firm Forward Air where he served as their Chief Accounting Officer for 12 years. In total, he brings 22 years of finance and account experience to the company. McLean will focus on maintaining and improving the financial reporting and health of the company. 

“We could not be more thrilled about the executive leadership team we have in place,” said Alan Recher, President & CEO, Five Star Food Service. “The talent, expertise, leadership, and integrity these men bring to their roles and our organization is second-to-none and will serve the company well for many years to come.” 


Five Star Food Service, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is the Southeast’s premier on-site food and beverage solution provider to employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is a leader in micro markets, full-line vending, coffee and water services, full-service dining, and catering across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Founded in 1993, Five Star has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the United States and is a franchise of Canteen, a Compass Group company. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.