Spar names new interim bosses

Debbie Robinson, Chris Lewis and Jackie Mackenzie

Spar UK has appointed two interim Managing Directors to fill the shoes of outgoing boss Debbie Robinson (pictured left).

Robinson was named in November as the new CEO of Central England Co-operative and will replace Martyn Cheatle, who retires in May. She has been Spar’s MD since 2011 and has over 30 years of retail experience with M&S, WH Smith and others. Robinson also sits on the ACS and BRC boards.

Spar insiders Chris Lewis and Jackie Mackenzie will take over at the top of the company until a permanent replacement is found.

Lewis has been with Spar for 19 years and has worked on several projects with the main Board, including the development of a new purchasing strategy.

Mackenzie joined in 2016 as CIO. She has been responsible for Spar’s financial accounts, management information, supply chain and technology operations. She has subsequently taken responsibility for central HR, legal and governance issues.

Martin Agnew, Spar UK Chairman said: “Chris and Jackie have spent a lot of time with the SFD (Spar Food Distributors) board over the last 18 months, and their interim roles will enable the continuity and development of our strategy, which has proven successful in driving profitable growth.”