NEW YORK — Hot Topic Inc. has promoted two insiders to new posts as division presidents.

Jerry Cook, the firm’s chief operating officer, is now president of the 464-unit Hot Topic division, where he will oversee the division’s buying, planning and allocation and stores. He will continue to supervise real estate for both divisions.

Meanwhile, Hot Topic’s chief merchandising officer, Patricia Van Cleave, has been named president of the company’s 42-unit Torrid business, where she will be responsible for buying, planning and allocation, stores and marketing.

Cook and Van Cleave will continue to report to chief executive officer Betsy McLaughlin.

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