Spar names new boss

Louise Hoste

Spar UK has appointed Louise Hoste as its new Managing Director.

Hoste will take up the reins by October 2019 from interim bosses Chris Lewis and Jackie Mackenzie, who have been in charge since Debbie Robinson moved to Central England Co-op.

She joins Spar from Card Factory, following stints with the Co-op (where she worked on its ‘Closer To You’ strategy), Brakes and Walmart.

Commenting on what she described as “a fantastic opportunity,” Hoste said: “My focus will be to continue to drive the Spar brand forward, increasing its relevance with customers and developing the offer to drive sales and profit.”

Martin Agnew, Spar UK’s Chairman, added: “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.”