(Feb. 2) Brian Hotarek has been named president and chief executive officer of Bi-Lo LLC, Greenville, S.C., and Bruno’s Supermarkets Inc., Birmingham, Ala., Mauldin, S.C.-based parent Bi-Lo Holdings LLC announced.

Hotarek has been a director at Bi-Lo since July and will replace Dean Cohagan, who will retire after five years as president and CEO, according to a Bi-Lo news release.

Hotarek’s background includes various positions at Ahold USA and Royal Ahold NV, the Netherlands. Royal Ahold owned Bi-Lo and Bruno's until 2005, when it sold the chains to Dallas-based Lone Star Funds.