MIAMI (AP) _ Diageo PLC's Burger King Corp. Friday said it named Jim Hyatt senior vice president, operations services and programs.

The Miami-based fast-food chain said Hyatt was a Burger King franchisee. He plans to sell his interest in 10 Atlanta restaurants to his business partner, Frank Sabo.

``Jim has grown up in the Burger King system,'' said Paul Novak, executive vice president of franchisee operations and chief development officer of North America, in a release.

Burger King said Hyatt started working for the company on his 16th birthday in 1972. He rose through the ranks at the restaurant level and then to field training manager and district manager. He also served as regional vice president for Hardees in the Southeastern United States.

Information on who Hyatt replaces wasn't immediately available.