Spar UK appoints Louise Hoste as new managing director

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Spar UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Hoste as the new managing director.

Hoste comes to the business with a wealth of international retail experience. She has worked for Walmart in the UK, Canada and Chile in commercial, customer and general management roles.

After leaving Walmart Hoste was director of category and pricing at Brakes Foodservice, followed by director of the customer offer at the Co-op. It was in this role where she relaunched the Co-op brand across the food ranges and worked on the ‘Closer To You’ strategy supporting the local and community agenda.

Most recently Hoste has been executive commercial director at Card Factory.

Martin Agnew, Spar UK chairman, 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.

“Louise joins Spar at a time when the business continues to drive innovation across the convenience retailing sector. We look forward to welcoming Louise to our business.”

Commenting on her new appointment Hoste said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with the leading convenience symbol group championing independent retailers and the local communities within which they serve.

“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.”

Hoste will take up the position by October 2019.