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DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc. CEO Joseph DePinto is joining the board of directors of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). He won his seat, along with fellow newcomer Louis D’Ambrosio, president and chief executive officer, Sears Holding Corp., during RILA's semi-annual meeting held this week in Washington, D.C.
"We are honored to welcome Joe and Lou to the RILA board. They join a highly engaged group of chief executives who provide RILA with invaluable strategic leadership and knowledge to help RILA deliver on behalf of the retail industry," RILA President Sandy Kennedy said. "Their experience and industry know-how will add to what is already a stellar board."
DePinto brings a wealth of experience with him to the board. He’s been at the helm of locally headquartered 7-Eleven since 2005. Prior to that, he served as president of GameStop Corp. His resume also includes executive roles at PepsiCo Inc. and Thornton Oil Corp.
During the twice-a-year RILA board meetings, DePinto will meet with leaders from other retail giants -- including chief executives from Dollar General, Walgreen Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. -- to address issues affecting the retail industry.
7-Eleven is also making headlines today for partnering with Greyhound, making it easier for bus passengers in the Dallas area to purchase tickets to ride. Starting this week, passengers can reserve Greyhound tickets at Greyhound.com or by phone and complete their purchase with cash at participating 7-Eleven stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The companies are testing this feature in the DFW area at more than 270 7-Eleven locations for the next three months.
"We believe this relationship with Greyhound offers many of our customers a valuable service," said Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven's senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and logistics. "We continue to seek innovative ways to serve our guests and are looking forward to the potential growth of this type of service when we expand the program to our other stores in the U.S."