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Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. promoted Van Tarver to vice president of its convenience store division. Tarver brings more than 35 years of experience in convenience stores and fuel management to this position.

Tarver is responsible for the company's five convenience store divisions, totaling 791 stores. Kroger's convenience store divisions are: Kwik Stop, Loaf'N Jug, Quik Stop, Tom Thumb and Turkey Hill Minit Markets. He also oversees fuel procurement and its Turkey Hill Dairy operations.

He joined Kroger in 1997 as president of Quik Stop Markets, Inc. Before working for Kroger, he was the senior vice president of retail for Thrifty Oil Co.

Another retailer, Holiday Stationstores, announced that Brian Hooks will join the Minnesota-based company as the vice president of sales and marketing. Hooks has been working at Holiday as a consultant for several months, but will assume his new position in July.

Hooks will be in charge of marketing and analysis, product and brand development, pricing architecture, promotions and advertising for the chain.

Prior to working with Holiday, Hooks was the president of Hooks Group. He also was a partner with Peterson Milla Hooks Advertising, an agency for Target. Hooks also provided marketing and brand development for Mattel Inc. and Radisson Hotels.

"The addition of Brian Hooks to Holiday will be a great complement to our executive team. The growth of our business and demands on our talent have created the need for this new position, which is well suited to Brian's strengths," said Brent Blackey, president and COO of Holiday Stationstores.

In supplier news, Radiant Systems promoted Jimmy Frangis to vice president of sales, where he oversees the company's global petroleum and convenience retail division.

In this position, Frangis is responsible for sales strategy and operations for Radiant's $40 million convenience and petroleum division in North America.

For the past eight years, Frangis has worked in roles ranging from client management, operations and sales for Radiant Systems.

According to Mark Schoen, president of global petroleum and convenience retail division, retailers are replacing their existing systems with next-generation technology. He said, "Jimmy is a bold leader with a clear vision to ensure Radiant is successful capitalizing on these opportunities."

In other people news, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Diageo announced, as of July, Tex McCarthy will replace Harry Bigelow as president, national accounts and sales development. Bigelow, who has been with Diageo for 18 years, will focus on its global sales agenda.

Besides his responsibilities as president of national accounts, McCarthy will play a role in sales development for North America, as well as serve on the North American executive team for Diageo.

President and CEO, Ivan Menezes, said "his leadership and experience in all sectors of the business, and his commercial reputation will be critical factors in driving the success of our new sales development vision."

McCarthy is currently vice president of regional marketing for Beam Global Spirits & Wine. Prior to that, McCarthy served as president, southern business unit for Allied Domecq Spirits, USA. He also worked for the Coors Brewing Co., where he held various senior sales positions during his 18 years there.