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Publix VP Mowitt To Retire, Badger Promoted To Take On The Role

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After more than 44 years of service, Publix Super Markets’ VP of Product Business Development for Bakery and Meat Pete Mowitt will retire April 30.

Mowitt, 60, began his Publix career in 1975 as a front service clerk in Miami. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 1991, district manager in 1995, director of merchandising in 1998 and business development director of grocery in 2000. Mowitt was promoted to VP grocery/non-foods in 2013 and to his current role in 2018.

“Pete is a passionate leader,” said Publix President Kevin Murphy. “Throughout his career, he has developed associates to help our stores better serve our customers. We thank him for his more than four decades of service and the positive impact he’s had on our company.”

With this retirement, Publix is promoting Charlotte Division Regional Director Norman Badger to VP of product business development for bakery and meat.

Badger, 41, began his Publix career in 1995 as a front service clerk in Aiken, South Carolina. After working in a variety of positions, he was promoted to store manager in 2007, district manager in 2014 and to his current role in 2017.

“Norman models our mission and is dedicated to serving Publix associates and customers,” Murphy said. “His leadership was instrumental in the growth of the Charlotte division. I’m excited about the contributions he’ll make in this role.”

Badger, his wife, Elizabeth, and their son will relocate to Lakeland, Florida, where Publix is based.

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