LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Alltel Information Services Inc. has appointed William L. Cravens vice chairman and chief operating officer.

The position of chief operating officer had previously been occupied by Stephen Carns, who left the Alltel Corp. subsidiary in the fall. The vice chairman position is a new one.

Mr. Cravens, who joined Systematics in October, previously held the position of chief administration officer. Mr. Craven also has served as either president, chairman, or chief executive officer of three financial institutions in Arkansas.

John Steuri, chairman and chief executive officer of Alltel Information Services, said the expansion of Mr. Cravens' leadership responsibilities "supports our long-term growth strategy and provides me the opportunity to focus more of my time on strategic planning, large customers, and prospects."

Alltel Information Services, formerly known as Systematics Information Services Inc., is one of the nation's largest providers of technology services and software to banks.

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