News of Jeff Stephens retirement hit the wire late last week. After 38 years of service to Publix, Stephens, the company’s Vice President of Manufacturing, announced he has decided to retire, effective May 1, 2019.
“Jeff’s philosophy is to leave things better than you found them,” stated CEO Todd Jones in a press release. “I’m thankful he has done just that. Whether through his dedication to his associates or the products the produce, Jeff has been a great example of what it means to be Publix.”
Stephens began his Publix career as a rail dock associate in 1980. He was then promoted to lab technician in the dairy plant in 1983, Quality Control Manager in 1988, General Manager of the dairy plant in 2000, and Director of Fresh Product Manufacturing in 2005. In 2010, he was promoted to the Director of Manufacturing Operations, and in 2013, he was promoted to his current position.
In his retirement, Stephens is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and their family. He also plans to remain involved in mission work.
Deli Market News wishes Jeff all the best in his retirement!