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U.S. convenience store chain 7-Eleven has named Gary Rose as its new chief operating officer. Rose, who also holds the title of executive vice president, will be responsible for the execution of the company's strategy at the store level and charting the course for growth and development throughout North America.

Rose, a 36-year veteran of 7-Eleven, has held a number of executive-level positions, including vice president of gasoline and environmental services, vice president of merchandising for non-foods, senior vice president of merchandising and development and executive vice president of field operations.

The company also announced the appointment of several new vice presidents in the areas of operations, merchandising, logistics, legal and fresh foods. The new executives include Mike Blair, vice president of the Mid-Pacific division, responsible for approximately 700 franchised and corporate stores in Northern California, Nevada and Arizona; Bob Cozens, vice president of 7-Eleven's Northeast division, responsible for 800 franchised and corporate stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware; and Simon Osborn, vice president of logistics, responsible for the implementation of 7-Eleven's managed distribution process, which encompasses delivery of all products to stores in the United States and Canada.

In other people news, Coca-Cola named 13-year company veteran Charles Fruit chief marketing officer. The 57-year-old Fruit was a key figure in shaping Coke's current media strategy and worked on high-profile marketing alliances with the Olympics and other sports organizations.
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