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Publix Announces Executive Changes Following Crenshaw/Jones News

David Phillips and Kevin Murphy
David Phillips and Kevin Murphy

Just days after Publix Super Markets announced the upcoming retirement of its 65-year-old CEO, Ed Crenshaw, and the promotion of company President Todd Jones, 53, to that role, Publix has promoted several others.

With Jones’ promotion to president and CEO, CFO David Phillips will assume additional responsibilities and be promoted to EVP and CFO. Miami Division VP Kevin Murphy will be promoted to a newly created position, SVP of retail operations, reporting to Jones.

Phillips, 56, began his Publix career in 1984 as an internal auditor. He was named audit manager in 1986 and promoted to controller in 1990. In 1996, he was promoted to VP and controller and, in 1997, promoted to VP of finance and treasurer. He was named CFO in 1999.

Murphy, 45, began his career in 1984 as a front-service clerk at store No. 0214 in Margate, Florida. He worked in various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1995. He was promoted to Jacksonville Division district manager in 2003, Atlanta Division regional director in 2009 and Miami Division VP in 2014.

Murphy and his wife, Christina, will soon relocate to the Lakeland area.

Bob Bechtel
Bob Bechtel

With Murphy’s promotion, Bob Bechtel will be promoted to Miami Division VP.

Bechtel, 52, began his career in 1978 as a front-service clerk at store No. 0029 in Sarasota, Florida. He worked in various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1991. He was named Lakeland Division district manager in 1995. In 2008, Bechtel was promoted to his current position of Lakeland Division regional director.

Bechtel and his wife, Kathy, will soon relocate to South Florida.

After more than 47 years of dedicated service, Lakeland Division VP Tom McLaughlin, 65, has announced his decision to retire on April 30.

“Tom has helped perpetuate our culture by investing in our associates,” said Jones. “He has been able to identify talented associates and provide the appropriate training in order to prepare them for opportunity. He’s always led with a servant’s heart. We thank him for his strategic contributions to our project teams, most notably our new store design team.”

Sam Pero
Sam Pero

With McLaughlin’s retirement, Sam Pero will be promoted to Lakeland Division VP.

Pero, 53, began his Publix career in 1977 as a front-service clerk at store No. 0176 in Miami. He worked in various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1987. He was promoted to Lakeland Division district manager in 1994 and, in 2004, his district was moved to the company’s Jacksonville Division. In 2005, Pero was named Jacksonville Division regional director.

Pero and his wife, Marcy, will relocate to Lakeland in the near future.

“We are excited to announce the promotion of four company leaders,” said Crenshaw. “In order for our company to have continued growth and success, we need associates who are ready to take the next step in their careers. David, Kevin, Sam and Bob are dynamic leaders focused on leading successful and diverse teams. They are passionate about Publix and our associates. Their promotions will allow us to continue to perpetuate our Publix culture of developing associates and enhancing our customers’ shopping experience.”

The promotions of Phillips, Murphy, Bechtel and Pero are effective May 1.

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Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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