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Publix Reinforces Executive Team

Publix has promoted several executives, effective January 1, 2019, including a new president of the company.

Kevin Murphy, svp/retail operations, will be promoted to president. Murphy began his career in 1984 as a front service clerk. He was promoted to Jacksonville division district manager in 2003, Atlanta division regional director in 2009, Miami division vice president in 2014 and to his current position in 2016.

In addition to her current role, Laurie Douglas, svp/chief information officer, will assume additional responsibilities as chief digital officer.

Dale Myers, vp/retail business development, will retire after 44 years of service. With Myers’ retirement, Bob Bechtel, Miami division vp, will be promoted to vp/customer experience. John Goff, Miami Division regional director, will be promoted to Miami Division vp.

Casey Suarez, vp/distribution, will retire after 40 years of service. With Suarez’s retirement, Mike Lester, director of warehousing, will be promoted to vp/distribution.

“We are thankful for the more than four decades that Dale and Casey have served our company,” said Todd Jones, Publix CEO and president. “We thank them for their contributions and wish them well in the next chapters of their lives. We are also excited to announce the promotions of Kevin, Laurie, Bob, John and Mike. For our company to have continued success, we need associates who are ready to take the next step in their Publix careers. These promotions continue to perpetuate our Publix culture of developing associates by preparing them for opportunity.”