During its annual stockholders’ meeting this week, Publix Super Markets elected Steve Knopik to its board of directors.
“We are pleased to have Steve join the Publix board,” said Publix Board Chair Charlie Jenkins Jr. “His strong retail and financial background and commitment to the community will make him a strong addition to our board.”
Knopik’s 28 years of service at Beall’s Inc. started as director of finance in 1984 and led him to his current role as CEO. Prior to joining Beall’s, he started his career in 1977 with KPMG, a global accounting and auditing firm. He currently serves on the board advisory council for the Florida Retail Federation. He’s also a member of the board of directors of the Palmetto Youth Center and the Academy Prep Foundation, an organization that runs middle schools for economically disadvantaged children in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla.
Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix is privately owned and operated by its 157,500 employees, with 2012 sales of $27.5 billion. Publix currently has 1,068 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, with plans to enter North Carolina.