LAKELAND, Fla.- Due to Publix’s growth, expanding initiatives and increased efforts surrounding innovation, Publix CEO & President Todd Jones announced today new officer positions, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Randy Barber, 55, will be promoted to Vice President of Industrial Maintenance and Purchasing. He is currently Director of Industrial Maintenance. In this new officer role, Barber will be responsible for industrial maintenance, facilities purchasing and manufacturing supply purchasing.
Publix’s fresh retail business units (RBUs) are among those with rapidly expanding initiatives and innovation efforts, so Publix is dividing those responsibilities between two current officers. Moving from Publix’s grocery team, Pete Mowitt, 58, currently Vice President of Product Business Development for Grocery and Non-Foods, will lead the bakery and meat RBUs as Vice President of Product Business Development for Bakery and Meat; he’ll also continue to oversee Publix’s store dairy and frozen business areas as well as space management areas. Chris Litz, 54, will continue to lead Publix’s efforts in the deli, produce and meals RBUs as Vice President of Product Business Development for Deli and Produce. RBUs buy product, develop business plans and provide support to the company’s retail stores.
With Mowitt’s new responsibilities, Brad Oliver, 44, will be promoted to Vice President of Product Business Development for Dry Grocery and Non-Foods. He is currently Business Development Director of Direct Store Delivery Products. Oliver will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the dry grocery and non-foods corporate purchasing category management teams.
“Investing in our business is critical to our growth and success,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “I’m excited we have associates ready to take the next step in their careers, helping us execute our company strategy.”
About Publix leaders
Barber joined Publix in 1978 as a front service clerk. He transferred to the Lakeland dairy plant in 1982, where he held various positions before becoming manufacturing continuous improvement facilitator in 1992. He was promoted to utility production manager in 1996, purchasing manager in 1997 and category manager in 2001. In 2009 he was named Lakeland dairy plant general manager and has served in his current role since 2013.
Litz began his Publix career in 1987 as a stock clerk. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 1995 and district manager in 2000. He was promoted to director of warehousing in 2007 and regional director in 2010. He has served as Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development since 2016.
Mowitt began his career at Publix in 1975 as a front service clerk. He worked in various positions before becoming store manager in 1991, district manager in 1995 and director of merchandising in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to business development director of grocery. He has served in his current role since 2013. Mowitt was a recipient of Publix’s George W. Jenkins Award.
Oliver joined Publix in 1991 as a front service clerk. He was promoted to grocery clerk in 1993 and to second assistant manager in 1995, before transferring to support as a retail information technology specialist in 1998. Brad was promoted to grocery technical coordinator in 2004 and business development director for retail grocery in 2013. He has served in his current role since March 2017.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 188,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,160 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 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.