Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. announced that Tom Gerrity, who has led the company’s foray into private label packaged food while supervising the grocery category, now will focus his merchandising efforts solely on the company’s growing 7-Select line of products. As the new senior product director for private label products, Gerrity will oversee product development across all categories in the store.
7-Eleven’s recent Private Label Summit in Dallas was Gerrity’s idea, the retailer added “Establishing this key role in the organization supports our commitment to develop a best-in-class private-label program with products to meet the needs of our customers and franchisees,” said Kevin Elliott, senior vice president of merchandising and logistics. “Tom has the breadth of merchandising experience with 7-Eleven to take on this important fast-emerging opportunity.”
Gerrity joined 7-Eleven company in 1981 as a management trainee in St. Louis He then served in a variety of roles in operations, including field consultant, field merchandiser and human resources manager, before moving to the category management team 18 years ago.