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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

GRAHAM OWEN O’CONNOR (61)
BCom, CA(SA)

Group Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Risk Committee
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1986

Served as group accountant in 1986 and became the Managing Director of the SPAR KwaZulu-Natal division in 1987. In 1997, he left the group to start his own industrial catering business and became a partner in five SPAR retail stores. He returned to the group in 2014 as CEO.

MARK WAYNE GODFREY (52)
BCom, CA(SA)

Group Financial Director
Member of the Risk Committee

Joined the group in 1996

Served in financial management positions in various group operations and was appointed Group Financial Director in 2010.

DESMOND CRAIG BORRAGEIRO (43)
Managing Director SPAR North Rand division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1996

Desmond served in retail operations positions in various group operations before being appointed divisional Retail Operations Director at SPAR South Rand division. Appointed Managing Director of SPAR North Rand division in 2012.

BRETT WALKER BOTTEN (53)
BCom, CA(SA)

Managing Director SPAR South Rand division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1994

Brett has served as Managing Director of SPAR North Rand, SPAR Lowveld and SPAR Eastern Cape divisions. Appointed Managing Director of SPAR South Rand division in 2010.

TREVOR DUNCAN CURRIE (62)
Group Logistics Executive
Member of the Risk Committee

Joined the group in 1985

Trevor served in logistics management positions in various group operations before becoming the Logistics Director at SPAR Western Cape and SPAR Eastern Cape divisions. Appointed Group Logistics Executive in 1999.

WAYNE ALLAN HOOK (61)
BCom, CA(SA)

Managing Director Build it Division
Executive director
Member of the The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa
Chairman of The Build it Guild of Southern Africa
Chairman of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa’s Social and Ethics Committee
Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Joined the group in 1984

Former CEO of The SPAR Group Ltd. Served in financial, information technology and logistics management positions before being appointed Managing Director of SPAR KwaZulu-Natal division in 1997. Assumed the position of New Business and Support Services Director in 2014 and appointed as Build it Managing Director in 2017.

CONRAD LUKE ISAAC (56)
Managing Director SPAR Eastern Cape division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1982

Conrad is the previous Human Resources Director of SPAR Eastern Cape division and was appointed Managing Director of SPAR Eastern Cape division in 2006.

KEVIN JAMES O’BRIEN (55)
BA, LLB, BSocSc (Hons), Mst (Cantab)

Risk and Sustainability Executive
Member of the Risk Committee
Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Joined the group in 1993

Kevin served in personnel, human resources and property management positions in various group operations and was the former general manager of Capper and Company – a SPAR distribution operation in the United Kingdom. Kevin served as the Group Company Secretary from 2006 to 2016 and assumed the position of Risk and Sustainability Executive full time in 2016.

MAX JAVIER OLIVA (41)
B Tech, MBA

Managing Director SPAR KwaZulu-Natal division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1995

Max joined the group as a management trainee where he served in various logistics roles across three divisions. He served as the Logistics Director in both the South Rand and KwaZulu-Natal divisions over a period of 10 years before being seconded to BWG Foods in 2015 to head up the supply chain function for SPAR in Ireland and South West England. Max was appointed as Managing Director of SPAR KwaZulu-Natal division in 2017. 

MIKE GRANT PRENTICE (49)
BCom, LLB

Group Marketing Executive
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1991

Mike served in marketing management positions in various group operations before being appointed Marketing Director of SPAR North Rand division. Appointed Group Marketing Executive in 2007.

MARIO MENEZES SANTANA (44)
Managing Director SPAR Western Cape division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 1995

Mario served in retail operations positions in various group operations before being appointed Managing Director of SPAR North Rand division. Appointed Managing Director of SPAR Western Cape division in 2012.

ENNO PAUL STELMA (56)
BCom

Group IT Executive
Member of the Risk Committee

Joined the group in 1989

Enno has served in IT management positions in various group operations. Appointed Group IT Executive in 1999.

THULISILE TABUDI (49)
PhD

Human Resources Executive
Member of the Social and Ethics Committee

Joined the group in 1999

Thuli is the previous Human Resources Director of SPAR South Rand division. Appointed Human Resource Executive in 2007.

ROELF VENTER (60)
BCom (Hons), MBA

Group Retail Operations Director
Chairman of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa’s Social and Ethics Committee

Joined the group in 1983

Roelf served in various marketing and buying management positions before being appointed Managing Director of SPAR West Rand and SPAR South Rand divisions. He was appointed Group Marketing Director in October 1999, before being made Group Retail Operations Director in 2007.

ALISON ZWEERS (47)
BA (Hons)

Managing Director SPAR Lowveld division
Member of The SPAR Guild of Southern Africa

Joined the group in 2005

Alison held the position of HR Director in the Lowveld Division for seven years prior to being appointed to the dual portfolio of HR Director for South Rand and Lowveld Divisions. She was appointed Managing Director of SPAR Lowveld in 2016.

LEO CRAWFORD (58)
Group Chief Executive

Chairman: SPAR Ireland and Group Chief Executive: BWG Group.

Leo joined BWG Foods in 1996 as Managing Director and was appointed Chief Executive of BWG Group in 1999. He was appointed to the SPAR International Board in 2001 and was elected President of SPAR International in 2005 – the first ever Irish person to be elected President of SPAR International.

From June 2010 to June 2011 Leo served as President of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation).

JOHN CLOHISEY (65)
Group Property Director

John is Group Property Director of the BWG Group and Managing Director of Triode Newhill Management Services, which operates over 100 company-owned stores. John is a member of the InterSPAR Executive Committee of SPAR International. John, an accountant, has been in the retail trade for over 30 years.

JOHN O’DONNELL (63)
Group Finance Director

John joined BWG as Group Finance Director in September 2002. Previously John worked for Larry Goodman’s meat processing business for 19 years. He was initially involved with acquisitions in Ireland, the UK and overseas and was closely involved with the formation of Food Industries Plc. which was floated on the Irish Stock Exchange in 1998. John was appointed Group Finance Director to Irish Food Processors Ltd, a position he had held since 1991.

ROBERT GRANT PHILIPSON (49)
Chief Executive Officer SPAR Switzerland and Chairman SPAR Sri Lanka

Joined the group in 1996

Rob served in retail operations positions in various group operations before being appointed divisional Retail Operations Director at SPAR KwaZulu-Natal division. Appointed Managing Director of SPAR KwaZulu-Natal in 2006 and as Chief Executive Officer of SPAR Switzerland and Chairman of SPAR Sri Lanka in 2017.