US 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, such as 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 six new vice presidents in the areas of merchandising, operations, logistics, legal and fresh foods.

Mike Blair has been named vice president of the Mid-Pacific division, responsible for approximately 700 franchised and corporate stores in Northern California, Nevada and Arizona.

Bob Cozens has been named vice president of 7-Eleven's Northeast division, responsible for 800 franchised and corporate stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Joanne DeLorenzo has been appointed vice president of fresh foods and the company's proprietary beverage category.

Kevin Elliott has been named vice president of merchandising for the non-foods, processed foods, vault and services categories.

Dave Fenton has been named vice president and assistant general counsel in 7-Eleven's legal department.

Simon Osborn has been appointed 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.