Claus Winberg became the new chief executive of the Danish Synoptik chain on Sept. 1, replacing Ulrik Bülow who has left the company. Winberg previously spent 23 years with Q8, the international chain of gasoline stations, in Denmark, the Benelux countries, Germany, and then for the last five years in Sweden. Controlled by HAL Holding, with the Synoptik Foundation still as a minority partner, Synoptik had 111 stores in Denmark and 92 own stores as well as 9 franchise stores in Sweden as of July 2009.