SPAR UK announces new Managing Director

Date : 16 May 2019

SPAR UK has appointed Louise Hoste as the Managing Director of its central office function, who will take up the role in October 2019.  The position is being filled on an interim basis by Chris Lewis and Jackie Mckenzie, following the departure of Debbie Robinson in late 2018.

Brings a broad range of retail experience

Louise Hoste will join SPAR UK from Card Factory, where she has been Executive Commercial Director over the last year.  However, the largest part of her career has been with Asda/Walmart, where over 16 years she held senior commercial and operational roles in Chile and Canada as well as in the UK, focused above all in general merchandise.  More recently she gained experience of both foodservice and convenience retailing at Brakes and Co-op, holding the role of Director of the Customer Offer at the latter.

Commenting on the appointment, Martin Agnew, Chairman, SPAR UK said:

'We are excited to have Louise join SPAR.  She brings senior level expertise working with suppliers across the industry and also has a passion for consumer-led initiatives.  She joins at a time when the business continues to drive innovation across the convenience retailing sector.'

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