Managing Director of SPAR International from 1994 until the end of 2015, Gordon Campbell has been a distinguished leader in the global food retail industry over the last two decades. He is an eloquent and inspiring speaker on topics as diverse as global retail food trends; leading a growth driven organisation; entry strategies in developing markets; creating a culture of customer service; supply chain collaboration and building sustainable business partnerships.
While Managing Director of SPAR International (1994 to end 2015) he achieved dramatic expansion introducing SPAR to 20 new countries since 2000. It was under his leadership, influenced by his strong marketing background and hands-on style, that SPAR grew into the world’s largest chain of independent food retail stores. It now operates on 4 continents in 40 countries with more than 12,300 stores and €32 billion in annual retail sales.
Throughout his career he has believed in continuous open dialogue with all business partners to build commitment to the core brand values and achieve consistent standards. As a leader his focus has been on building strong organisation structures and management teams. He also has vast experience in customer service and engagement.
Gordon is a sought after speaker and panellist at prestigious international retail and corporate leadership conferences and forums where he draws on his extensive experience in international retailing and in leading a growth-driven organisation. He is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker, with an easy style and a treasure chest of anecdotes from his time leading and expanding this global retail giant. He is also an accomplished chair of executive panels and discussions.
Gordon became Managing Director of SPAR in 1994. Previously, he was Sales and Marketing Director of BWG Foods Ltd and a Director of SPAR Ireland. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Since retiring as Managing Director of SPAR International at the end of 2015, Gordon has continued in an active part time support role as Board Advisor. He is a member of the Global Irish Economic Forum, a network of around 350 of the most senior Irish and Irish connected business people around the world who have been recognised by the Irish Government for their high achievements in international business and for their work in assisting in the promotion of business in and with Ireland. He is also President of the Ireland Netherlands Business Association and a Board member of Brussels based Independent Retail Europe.