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    7-Eleven Promotes New Merchandising and Logistics Exec

    Merchandising veteran will be responsible for company's 24 distribution centers in North America.

    DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc., the largest convenience chain in North America with more than 32,400 stores worldwide and close to 7,250 in North America, promoted Kevin Elliott to the position of senior vice president for merchandising and logistics.

    In this new post, Elliott will report to Masa Asakura, the company's executive vice present and COO. Elliott holds 19 years of experience in merchandising, inventory management, supply chain, logistics and procurement. With this position, he will be responsible for the company’s category management, fresh foods and logistics including its network of 24 combined distribution centers in North America, according to the company.

    Elliot comes to the position from his previous role as 7-Eleven's vice president of merchandising for nonfoods, beverages, services and processed foods, which he held for three years. He joined the company in 2001 as director of wholesale operations.

    "Kevin brings extensive experience in merchandising and logistics that will help achieve our goals of expanding our fresh foods program and offering a compelling assortment of products to meet consumers' ever-changing needs," said Asakura in a statement. "Getting the right product assortment at each 7-Eleven store is what differentiates 7-Eleven in the convenience retail industry. Merchandising and logistics play a critical role in satisfying our customers and supporting store operations."

    Before joining 7-Eleven, Elliott served executive-level merchandising and procurement roles at The Webvan Group and Fleming Companies Inc.

    "Kevin's solid skills, leadership and enthusiasm for 7-Eleven's business will enhance the alignment among the disciplines reporting to him and ultimately better serve the customer," Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO, said in a statement.

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