The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has revealed its new board members for 2021.

Stephen Crystal from Viva Energy has been elected as the new chair, replacing outgoing chair, Julie Laycock from 7-Eleven who will remain on the board.

Chris Andrianopoulos from AA Petroleum has been appointed as vice chair, replacing outgoing vice chair Amanda Woollard from BP, who will also remain on the board.

And Brett Barclay from Convenience Measures Australia has been appointed as treasurer, replacing Apco’s Rob Anderson, who will retain a seat on the board.

Martine Cooper has been elected as a major retailer representative from Ampol, replacing Martin Monaghan.

Core retailers re-elected are Chris Andrianopoulos, Darren Park, Rob Anderson and Steve Cardinale. Brett Barclay was re-elected as a supplier representative.

Jeff Rogut has retired as CEO of AACS and Brett Barclay has stepped in as Acting Ceo, and Barclay congratulated the new and re-elected members of the Board.

“The AACS Board comprises the right mix of retailer and supplier voices, industry veterans and emerging talent, to ensure the Association continues to represent the interests of our dynamic industry in 2021,” Barclay said.

“While the channel is experiencing solid growth at the moment, the year ahead is crucial to convenience as we seek to ensure our industry contributes to the nation’s economic recovery in a powerful and positive way. We’ll do this through a more intense focus on securing the right for convenience stores, as responsible retailers, to participate in new categories for the benefit of our customers.

“We congratulate everyone elected to the Board and thank all those who have served the industry in recent times. In early 2021, we anticipate announcing the appointment of a new AACS CEO, so watch this space,” he said.

The full AACS Board for 2021 is:

Chair: Stephen Crystal Viva Energy

Vice Chair: Chris Andrianopoulos AA Petroleum

Treasurer: Brett Barclay Convenience Measures Australia

Martine Cooper, Ampol

Julie Laycock, 7Eleven

Amanda Woollard, BP

Robert Anderson, Apco

Steve Cardinale, New Sunrise

Darren Park, United Convenience Buyers

Theo Foukkare, The Distributors

Caroline Waite, Frucor Suntory

AACS will host its first event in 2021 in April, the 2020 State of the Industry Report, Convenience Leaders Summit and AACS Gala Dinner and Awards in Melbourne on 15 April.

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