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DALLAS -- Kevin Gardner has joined 7-Eleven Inc. as director of marketing communications, responsible for product publicity and promotions. Gardner will oversee strategic marketing communication planning, national and regional publicity campaigns, value-added promotional programs, team merchandising efforts with 7-Eleven supplier partners, consumer and trade media relations and special events.
"Kevin brings a strong record of leveraging publicity programs to maximize the return on investment and positively and directly impact sales trends," said Jack Wilkie, vice president of corporate communications.
In other people news, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. announced the retirements of Stephen K. Lambright, 61, group vice president and chief legal officer, and Donald W. Kloth, 62, vice president and group executive.
Succeeding Lambright as group vice president and chief legal officer will be Mark T. Bobak, 44, who has served as vice president of corporate human resources for four years. Bobak will retain his current responsibilities for labor relations and labor/benefits law as he assumes his new legal and industry and government affairs responsibilities.
Joseph P. Castellano, 51, will replace Bobak as vice president of corporate human resources and will join the company's strategy committee. Castellano has served as vice president of retail marketing for Anheuser-Busch Inc., and during his 21-year career at Anheuser-Busch has held many leadership roles in the corporation.
Succeeding Kloth will be James F. Hoffmeister, 59, who has been named group vice president of procurement, logistics and agricultural resources at Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Hoffmeister has served as vice president of administration and special services for the company since 1990.