BENTONVILLE, AR – Don Frieson, a veteran operations and logistics executive, has been promoted to senior VP in charge of Wal-Mart operations in its 14-state Central Division. Frieson, 48, had served as the company’s VP 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 Maryland in 2005, Frieson had been Wal-Mart’s regional VP of logistics 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 was promoted to director of private fleet administration and then to the director of private fleet operations. In 2001, he was promoted to VP 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.