Mike Greene took over from Mike Bowen as chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores at its annual meeting on Wednesday. Although past chairmen have held the post for two years, Bowen, who was elected to the post last year, decided not to seek election for a second term. When he was elected he was chief executive of Mace Marketing Services, but that post became redundant at the end of last year when the Mace wholesalers took marketing in house. Greene, retail implementation consultant with Conoco, has also worked with Spar, Martins and Circle C and worked on the development of Shell Select. He said: "I am very proud to be following in the footsteps of some of the great industry figures in the stewardship of the ACS." ACS chief executive Trevor Dixon commented: "Mike Bowen is one of a select band of people whose name will go down as a true champion of the independent sector. "His contribution to the sector is immeasurable and has led to its continued success." Interviews have also started for a successor to Dixon, who will retire in October. It is hoped the new chief executive will be in place in time for a short overlap period before Dixon leaves. {{NEWS }}