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Publix Shares Additional Officer Promotions

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Kevin Murphy, who was recently announced as Publix’s next CEO, has shared three officer promotions, which also will be effective Jan. 1.

With John Goff’s upcoming promotion to president, Norman Badger will become SVP of retail operations and Chris Shaw will be the new VP of product business development for grocery.

To enhance the company’s ability to support its operations, Publix is adding another officer promotion: Mikhael Ser to VP of facilities, overseeing facilities services, maintenance and support.

Norman Badger

Badger joined Publix in 1995 as a front service clerk in Aiken, South Carolina. After working in various positions, he was promoted to store manager in 2007, district manager in 2014, regional director in 2017 and VP of product business development for bakery and meat in 2020. He took on his current position as VP of product business development for grocery in 2021.

Chris Shaw

Shaw joined Publix in 1990 as a front service clerk in Gainesville, Florida. In 1992, he transferred to the merchandise accounting department as an accounting clerk. 

In 1994, Shaw moved to facilities purchasing and served in several positions before becoming procurement manager in 2004, grocery product buyer two years later and category manager in 2011. He assumed his position as business development director of alcoholic beverages in 2017.

Mikhael Ser

Ser joined Publix in 2013 as manager of construction, supporting the Orlando distribution center and pharmacy central fill and later the Jacksonville Division stores. He was promoted to director of construction in 2017. Four years later, he moved to his current role as director of facility refrigeration and energy management.

“We are excited for Norman, Chris and Mikhael to take the next step in their Publix careers,” Murphy said. “Preparing associates for opportunity is part of our culture, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in their new roles.”

Murphy is succeeding Todd Jones as CEO when the latter becomes executive chairman at the start of 2024. Chairman Ed Crenshaw will remain on the board as chairman emeritus.

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