An industry pro has taken on the next step in his journey, as Chris Litz announced his retirement after over three decades of service. Recently, this dedicated Publix leader revealed he has decided to step down from his role as Vice President of Product Business Development for Meat, Seafood, Bakery, and Grocery Refrigerated and Frozen after 35 years on May 31 of this year.
Litz began his Publix tenure in 1987 as a stock clerk in Sarasota, Florida. From there, he worked his way up the ladder in various positions, being promoted to Store Manager in 1995 and District Manager in 2000. In 2007, he was named Director of Nonperishable Warehousing and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development.
As noted in the release, Litz accepted his current expanded role as Vice President of Product Business Development for Meat, Seafood, Bakery, and Grocery Refrigerated and Frozen in 2021.
Kevin Murphy, the company's President, gave his thoughts on the retirement of this distinguished leader.
“Over the years, Chris has led and supported strategic efforts to improve our operations and service to our customers,” Murphy commented. “We appreciate his efforts and dedicated service to our company.”
Publix currently operates 1,294 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. The company’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is reportedly recognized among the top in the grocery business.
Three cheers to Chris Litz as he prepares for his retirement!