7-Eleven Seeks New VP Advertising, Marketing

DALLAS — Convenience store chain 7-Eleven is looking for a new vice president of advertising and marketing, a position that has been vacant for at least a week following the departure of Bob Merz, the client said.

Merz left “to pursue other options,” according to 7-Eleven representative Dana Manley. It is not clear whether Merz resigned from the post he held for a little over a year or whether he was forced out of the Dallas-based company.

Manley said it was “premature” to speculate about what, if any, effect the leadership turnover will have on its advertising. Omnicom Group’s GSD&M of Austin, Texas, won 7-Eleven’s estimated $25-30 million ad account in February. Dallas-based The Richards Group was the incumbent.

The chain operates or franchises approximately 5,800 stores in the United States and Canada and licenses approximately 17,000 others in 17 other countries and territories.