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Our History

Founded in 1884, Stuart Alexander & Co. is a uniquely Australian company. With a story that spans some of the most important events in modern history, the company has built an inspiring and lasting legacy based on loyalty, friendship, family values and backed by an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit.

In 1884 Stuart Alexander & Co.’s founder, Fernand Levy (later Levic) was bound for Ceylon when he was convinced by his ship’s Captain to instead stay aboard and explore the opportunities within the young British colonies of Australia.

Going on to establish a successful import business in Australia, Levic employed sales reps to demonstrate products and to take orders - including the company’s eventual namesake Charles Stuart Alexander who joined the business in 1890 as a commercial traveller.

When Fredric retired in 1920 his son Gerald Levic took over running the business. Wesley Browne (who had joined the company as a 16 year old messenger) was appointed Managing Director in 1976. Following Wesley’s retirement in 1997, his son Garry Browne took over as Managing Director – a position he held until January 2018.

Nick Nairn was appointed CEO in January 2018. Having joined the business in early 2017 as General Manager Sales & Marketing, Nick brings a strong background in FMCG having previously held senior positions in DB Breweries Australia, Frucor and PepsiCo.