Spar UK hires Lee Johnson as operations and strategy director


Spar UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Johnson who joined the leading convenience symbol group as operations and strategy director on 17 August 2020. Johnson will be responsible for finance, governance, IT, supply chain and strategic planning.

Johnson: new Spar role

Johnson joins Spar UK from Coty where he was VP for global FP&A and strategic planning, with previous roles held at Lego, Microsoft, SC Johnson and Sara Lee.

Louise Hoste, managing director at Spar UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lee to the business. He has a great breadth of experience in finance, operations and strategy and is a strong addition to our team. He will play a significant role in how we operate and plan in the future.

“The work our wholesale and store teams have done to provide essential products and services to communities’ throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the resilience of our symbol group and the vital role we play in the convenience industry.

“We have been focused on providing independent Spar stores with the best support to run successful businesses. Our wholesale and logistics capabilities, combined with a strong financial position, drive us to invest in the best people for the future.

“As a family business, our independence ensures we can focus on being the best convenience partner for retailers by delivering an exceptional service for stores and their own customers,” she added.

Johnson said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the team at Spar UK and cannot wait to get started. The group’s growth strategy is very ambitious and I am very excited to be part of that.”