Jones To Succeed Crenshaw As Publix CEO

Ed Crenshaw plans to retire as CEO of Publix Super Markets, effective April 30, 2016. Upon Crenshaw’s retirement, the retailer’s president, Todd Jones, will become president and CEO.

Jones worked in a variety of store positions before becoming a store manager in 1988. After stints as district manager, regional director and vice president, in 2005, Jones was promoted to svp/product business development. He was named president in 2008.

Crenshaw began his Publix career in 1974 as a front-service clerk. In 1990, he became vice president of the Lakeland division and was elected to the board of directors. He was promoted to evp/retail in 1994 and to president in 1996. He was named CEO in 2008.

While he has announced his plans to retire as CEO, Crenshaw plans to remain a member of the Publix board of directors. In addition, he will take on the role of chairman of the board, effective May 3. Current chairman of the board, Charlie Jenkins Jr., will become chairman emeritus.

“The board of directors is grateful for Ed’s 42 years of dedicated service to Publix, our associates and the communities we serve,” said Jenkins. “He’s been a strong leader keenly focused on our continued growth in current and new markets and committed to the development and promotion of our associates. He’s provided invaluable insights to our industry.”

Currently, Publix operates 1,113 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.