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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said yesterday it has promoted Don Frieson, a veteran operations and logistics executive, to s.v.p. of Wal-Mart operations for its 14-state Central Division.
Frieson, 48, had been serving as the company's v.p. and regional manager in Maryland. In his new position he will have responsibility for more than 600 Wal-Mart stores in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and Arkansas. He will be based in Arkansas.
Before moving to the Maryland post in 2005, Frieson had been Wal-Mart's regional v.p. of logistics, a job he'd held since 2003.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Frieson joined Wal-Mart in 1999 as a district manager for the company's private truck fleet. He quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to director of private fleet administration and then to the director of private fleet operations. In 2001, he was promoted to v.p. of private fleet operations, where he managed one of the largest truck fleets in corporate America and supported more than 7,000 drivers, mechanics, and office associates.
Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Frieson worked with Schneider National Carriers, where he spent 12 years developing expertise in the trucking industry by working in various positions including service team leader, operations manager, and operating center manager.