~ Allow a greater focus on global growth
~ Expand the management team
~ Added in-depth industry expertise
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – SPAR Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGRP), a leading global provider of merchandising and marketing services, today announced key executive appointments which further strengthen its leadership team and support the company’s global expansion. Ron Lutz has been appointed Chief Global Commercial Officer and William Linnane has been appointed Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. In addition, Kori Belzer has been appointed Global Chief Operating Officer with expanded responsibilities on global operations and results.
“I am delighted to welcome Ron and William to our management team and to congratulate Kori on her expanded global role. William and Ron are both proven retail and service leaders with many years of relevant experience and strong results, ”said Mike Matacunas, President and CEO. “Ron will lead global business development and be responsible for global branding and marketing, as well as our operations in Japan and Canada. William will be responsible for developing new markets, growing our Great Openings and Assembly businesses, as well as expanding global programs and technology. Kori’s responsibilities will be broadened to include the creation of global synergies and operational efficiency in all countries. Ultimately, I expect our new, expanded management team to deliver greater success in the markets we serve and accelerate our expansion into new markets. “
Ron Lutz has built a 35-year executive career guiding Fortune 100 companies and private organizations into the retail customer experience space. He has led retail organizations through transformational growth, change management and market expansions. Throughout his career, he has held responsibilities in the areas of sales, operations, strategy, marketing, omnichannel customer experience development, international expansion and acquisitions.
Most recently, Ron was a consultant as an international retail strategic advisor. Previously, he was Chief Client Officer at a privately held retail services and solutions company. With his extensive experience in the industry, Ron has held and / or held positions such as Director of Marketing, Director of Clientele, Vice President of Customer Experience Deployment, Vice President of New Store – Thank Merchandising, vice president of corporate printing / devices and vice president of store service. Solutions.
Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President at Lowe’s Companies, where he led the deployment of an omnichannel customer experience solution to more than 2,000 retail stores across North America. He was also responsible for new store development in emerging markets and store renovations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The SPAR Japan, Canada and US Business Development team will report to Mr. Lutz.
Mr. Lutz said: “When Mike shared his vision for the future of SPAR with me, I had an immediate desire to be part of the organization. I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to serving global customers in order to have an impact on them and ultimately the SPAR Group. “
William Linnane is an international leader in business, merchandising, retail and finance with over 20 years of relevant leadership experience. He has worked in the United States, Europe and Australia; leading multi-billion dollar companies generating exceptional operating results in different market conditions. He was most recently CEO of a successful advisory and investment firm focused on mergers and acquisitions and retail restructurings. Previously, Mr. Linnane was President of Kmart’s pharmacy, drugstore and grocery businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico, chief merchant at a major bookseller in Europe, and led the Beverages, Sweets & Snacks business. for Tesco in the UK, working with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mars, Mondelez and others to generate brand growth opportunities through merchandising and other initiatives, including digital strategies. Mr. Linnane is a qualified accountant and began his career in finance in the UK and Ireland with Kingfisher PLC and Tesco PLC. He has extensive experience in the areas of strategy, finance, operations, merchandising, sourcing and leadership. Mr. Linnane holds an MA in Economics from Trinity College, University of Dublin.
The CIO, Divisional Vice President of Large Openings and Senior Vice President of Operations and Assembly of SPAR Group will report to Mr. Linnane.
Mr. Linnane said: “I am delighted to take on this role and excited about the global growth potential of the SPAR Group. I look forward to working within the leadership team to build on the solid foundations of the SPAR Group and create value for customers, employees and shareholders.
Kori Belzer joined the SPAR group in 1992 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2004. She has been instrumental in the growth and success of the company. Throughout his years at SPAR, Kori has been a leader in customer service, field operations, and sales and marketing. It has streamlined processes and developed efficiencies that allow the company to focus on the needs and success of its customers. She also led the successful integration of several acquisitions that provided SPAR customers with enhanced service.
In her expanded role as Global Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Belzer will take responsibility for working with leaders in all countries to develop global synergies and operational efficiencies that can improve individual country performance, as well as the overall results of each country. the company.
About the SPAR Group
SPAR Group is one of the world’s leading merchandising and marketing services companies, providing a wide range of services to retailers, manufacturers and distributors around the world. With over 40 years of experience, over 25,000 merchandising specialists worldwide, an average of over 200,000 store visits per week and long-term relationships with some of the world’s leading manufacturers and retailers. The SPAR group provides specialized capabilities in 9 countries and 4 continents.
For more information, please visit the SPAR Group website at http://www.sparinc.com.
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