Regional grocer Publix Super Markets has revealed several key leadership changes. Effective Jan. 2, 2024, CEO Todd Jones will become executive chairman, President Kevin Murphy will be promoted to CEO, and SVP John Goff will be promoted to president.
“Todd has been an outstanding leader,” said Publix Chairman of the Board Ed Crenshaw, who will remain on the board of directors as chairman emeritus. “He has been committed to continuing Publix’s success and passionate about the development and promotion of our associates. We’re pleased he will continue to provide leadership to our company as executive chairman.”
Jones began his career in 1980 as a front service clerk in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 1988. He was promoted to district manager in 1997, regional director in 1999 and VP of the Jacksonville division in 2003. In 2005, Jones was promoted to SVP of product business development. He was named president in 2008, CEO and president in 2016, and CEO in 2019.
Meanwhile, Murphy began his career in 1984 as a front service clerk in Margate, Fla. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 1995. He was promoted to district manager in 2003, regional director in 2009 and VP of the Miami division in 2014. In 2016, Murphy was promoted to SVP of retail operations. He was named president in 2019.
Goff began his career in 1991 as a front service clerk in Jacksonville, Fla. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 2005. He was promoted to district manager in 2010, regional director in 2014 and VP of the Miami division in 2019. In 2022, Goff was promoted to SVP of retail operations.
“We are delighted to have leaders with the experience of Kevin and John who are ready to take the next steps in their careers,” noted Jones. “I am confident in their ability to lead our company into the future and to continue to make Publix a great place to shop for our customers and a great place to work for our associates.”
Publix achieved higher sales and earnings in its third quarter, ended Sept. 30. The Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer reported a 7.2% bump in sales for the period, reaching $14 billion. Sales comps were also up, edging 4.3% higher.
The big news was in earnings, as net earnings during Q3 surged 111.4% on a year-over-year basis to reach $833 million. Earnings per share (EPS) more than doubled, increasing to 25 cents per share from 12 cents per share last year.