Publix is touting impressive growth, a slate of expanded initiatives, and increased innovation efforts after a strong third quarter. As a result, and with continued expansion on its mind, Publix CEO & President Todd Jones announced a series of new officer positions, effective January 1, 2018.
“Investing in our business is critical to our growth and success,” said Jones, in a press release. “I’m excited we have associates ready to take the next step in their careers, helping us execute our company strategy.”
The company noted, in its press release, that Publix’s current Director of Industrial Maintenance, Randy Barber will be promoted to Vice President of Industrial Maintenance and Purchasing. In his new capacity, Barber will be responsible for industrial maintenance, facilities purchasing, and manufacturing supply purchasing. Barber joined Publix in 1978 as a Front Service Clerk, and has been promoted regularly since.
And because Publix’s fresh retail business units (RBUs)—which buy product, develop business plans, and provide support to the company’s retail stores—are rapidly expanding, the retailer is dividing responsibilities for RBUs between two current officers.
Moving from Publix’s grocery team as Vice President of Product Business Development for Grocery and Non-Foods, Pete Mowitt will take on the bakery and meat RBUs as Vice President of Product Business Development for Bakery and Meat. Mowitt will also continue to oversee Publix’s store dairy and frozen business and space management areas. Chris Litz will continue to lead Publix’s efforts in the deli, produce, and meals RBUs as Vice President of Product Business Development for Deli and Produce.
With Mowitt’s moving on to take over new responsibilities, Brad Oliver, current Business Development Director of Direct Store Delivery Products, will be promoted to Vice President of Product Business Development for Dry Grocery and Non-Foods. In his new role, Oliver will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the dry grocery and non-foods corporate purchasing category management teams. Oliver joined Publix in 1991, and was promoted over the years as well.
We at Deli Market News congratulate Barber, Mowitt, Litz, and Oliver on their new promotions and wish them the best in their future endeavors with the burgeoning company.