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SPAR Australia has a highly experienced management team, most of whom have occupied previous top level roles within the industry, both in independent retail and major companies. 

Lou Jardin
Managing Director

Lou Jardin was appointed Managing Director of SPAR Australia in December 2010. Lou was the Chief Executive Officer of IGA Distribution for Metcash from 2000 to 2010. He has nearly 40 years Industry experience including owning and operating independent supermarkets and holding senior positions within a chain store environment, as well as warehouse and distribution operations. He held a senior position with Coles Myer for 11 years before joining Metcash in 1997 as the National Manager of Company owned stores. In 1998, Lou moved to Queensland as the State General Manager until May 2000. His relationship with SPAR started early on with his family owning SPAR Supermarkets in South Africa. Lou owned his first SPAR store at the age of 19.    

Mark McGuinness

Chief Operations Officer

Mark McGuinness, joined SPAR in March 2019. Mark has an extensive Operational history within the food industry, for over 20 years owned and ran one of Queensland’s largest and preferred “direct-to-store” Food manufacturing warehouses & logistics businesses servicing the States Retail sector. Mark has also spent several years working with Australia’s two largest Foodservice providers in various key State and National roles.

Colin Dwyer
National Merchandise Manager

Colin Dwyer was appointed National Merchandise Manager in June 2013. He was previously the Corporate Brand Manager for Fabulous from 2012. Prior to joining SPAR Australia, Colin held various roles in the Sales sector. He has vast experience in the buying role and has gained a lot of his work experience both in Australia and internationally.

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