Lowman is appointed chief executive of association

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has announced the appointment of James Lowman as chief executive. He will leave his current role as director of public affairs at ACS on November 1 and take up his new appointment with immediate effect. He replaces retiring chief executive David Rae.

Lowman, 31, joined ACS in March 1997 and was appointed public affairs and communications manager in 2000. He has headed up a number of high profile political campaigns, including the referral of the grocery market to the Competition Commission.

The ACS board also announced that Mike Greene, CEO of HIM, will be taking over as chairman.

He will replace existing chairman, Mike Sherwood, who has chaired ACS for the past two years. In addition to fulfilling the duties of the chairman, Greene will also act as an advisor to Lowman, initially for a period of one year.

Spar UK managing director Jerry Marwood, who is ACS vice-chairman and led the recruitment committee, commented: “ACS is at a crucial point in its history, and we have appointed a new chief executive and chairman who can drive our mission forward with dynamism and a real understanding of the issues that affect our sector.”

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