Publix Super Markets is promoting Director of Manufacturing Doug Harris to VP of manufacturing, effective May 1, following the retirement of Publix’s current VP of manufacturing, Jeff Stephens.
“Doug has the ability to think strategically about how Publix manufacturing can continue to differentiate us from our competition,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “He creates strong, collaborative relationships that show how much he genuinely cares for his associates and Publix. I’m excited to see him continue to grow his Publix career.”
Harris, 46, began his Publix career in 1998 as an industrial engineer in Lakeland, Florida. He worked in various positions in logistics within manufacturing before transferring to the Atlanta dairy plant in 2006 as a production operations manager. In 2013, he was promoted to general manager of the Atlanta dairy plant. Harris transferred back to Lakeland last year, when he was promoted to his current role.
In his new role, Harris will oversee the efforts of Publix’s manufacturing businesses, which include seven fresh production plants and printing services.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. It operates 1,213 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 21 consecutive years.