Canadian Vending

Peter Fetherston, Operator Of The Year

April 23, 2019
By Canadian Vending
Image courtesy of NAMA

Peter Fetherston, CEO of Canteen, Compass Group North America, was recently announced as NAMA’s Operator of the Year as part of the association’s 2019 Industry Awards.

The Operator of the Year Award is presented to an individual that best exemplifies consistent advancement of the convenience services industry. Candidates must be innovative and possess a willingness to expand conventional business practices.

A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Fetherston began his career at Bass Brewers before joining Compass Group in 1996. He held several financial and commercial positions at Compass in the UK before moving to the US in 2001 as the divisional controller for national accounts. In 2010 Fetherston became CFO for Compass’ US-based Core Foodservice operations, and in 2013 he was named CEO of Canteen.

Under Peter’s leadership, Canteen has seen remarkable growth and innovation, including the development of cutting-edge technologies, and expansion into additional convenience services channels like coffee services, micro markets and pantry service. Fetherston also works to create a supportive and engaging work environment for the Canteen team.

Dedicated to serving the industry on a broader scale, Fetherston is a member of NAMA’s Board of Directors and the NAMA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He has also been an active advocate and industry supporter at NAMA’s annual Fly-In & Advocacy Summit and Public Policy Conferences, educating legislators on the convenience services industry. Fetherston has also participated in NAMA’s Executive Forum and numerous NAMA Shows and CTW events.

Outside of his work to grow Canteen and advance the industry, Fetherston is passionate about helping others and is dedicated to fostering partnerships with organizations that enable meaningful employment opportunities, notably for veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses.

Fetherston holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accountancy from Loughborough University in England. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Vicki and their two children.