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For the third year in a row, 7-Eleven, Inc. CIO, Keith Morrow and 7-Eleven Inc. have been named among CIO 100 award winners by IDG’s CIO magazine, the company reported.

The 2005 CIO 100 award recognizes organizations that are willing to embrace significant risk for the sake of great reward. Organizations that are bold are playing not just to survive, but to win.

In 2003, 7-Eleven was honored with a CIO 100 Award for its resourceful IT management and practices, and last year Morrow and the company were recognized with a CIO 100 Award for its operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

Morrow is part of the Bold 100 with CIOs from such companies as Circuit City, Lands' End, Staples and UPS, who are praised this year for innovation in the use of information technology to increase their organizations' ability to compete with new products and services, to heighten customer satisfaction and to continuously adapt processes to allow innovation throughout the business.

"We are honored to have been nominated and chosen among the many recipients of the Bold 100, and for the continued recognition of Keith and his team's innovative approach to technology," said 7-Eleven president and CEO Jim Keyes. "The risks taken to improve our retailing business and the technology that enables it are worth the reward -- our customers coming back again and again for the convenience and fresh foods we deliver to daily."

In other people news, FACTOR, a division of W.R. Hess Company, hired Gary Rhyne as vice president of professional services. Prior to joining FACTOR, Rhyne was the vice president of wholesale operations for a major retail grocery software company.

Rhyne's extensive retail background is comprised of managing retail technology for large industry wholesalers. Most notably, Rhyne spent nearly 24 years driving retail technology solutions for Fleming Companies, Inc., a $22 billion grocery wholesaler.

Additionally, FKI Logistex, a global integrated material handling solutions company, appointed Ed Zahler director of projects for its Atlanta regional office. Zahler will now manage the project team responsible for integrated system sales featuring FKI Logistex hybrid aisle-changing cranes.

A company veteran with 30 years of material handling automation experience at FKI Logistex, Zahler has held a variety of engineering and project management staff and management positions with the company since his hire in 1974. He brings a broad range of systems integration expertise to his new post, which is effective immediately. Zahler holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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