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Brookshire Bros. has made leadership changes consisting of several internal promotions. President and CEO Jerry Johnson revealed the promotions of executives in the financial and legal departments on Sept. 20 at the Tyler, Texas-based company’s biweekly operations meeting.
“These promotions are indicative of a strong talent pool within our company,” said Johnson. “The difficult business climate demands we put the right people in the positions of our company that will increase our strength in a competitive situation. Brookshire Bros. had a successful fiscal year 2011 and is looking at expanding its company in 2012 as it integrates new systems that will streamline and strengthen it.”
Clay Oliver, formerly the head of the treasury department, will become the company’s CFO. After joining the company in 2004, Oliver initiated a number of projects that resulted in substantial savings for Brookshire Bros. “Having some relatively young people in key roles situates the company to navigate the new consumer we are facing,” noted Oliver.
Additionally, former accounting director Jessica Brown will become VP of accounting. Brown joined the company as a staff accountant in 1999 before becoming a financial analyst, and recently integrated Brookshire Bros.’ and Polk Oil’s accounting.
Jule Tatum Fenley will become Brookshire Bros.’ general counsel. Fenley, an expert in employment law, has been the company’s corporate counsel since 2007. Previously, she was counsel for law firm Fenley & Bate LLP and in-house counsel for Temple Inland Forest Products Corp. and Rosewood Properties.
Polk Oil's former CFO, Keith Williams, will become VP of petroleum and convenience store operations. Before Polk merged with Brookshire Brothers in 2007, Williams set up practices that helped grow Polk, and has since developed strategies to create a unified and integrated accounting department.
Auditor Brian Tyler will become the company’s director of treasury. Tyler has considerable experience in the banking and lending industry, in addition to being an original member of the Eli Young Band. Fellow auditor Greg Huggins will become director of internal audit. Huggins, a former store director, is a 23-year veteran of Brookshire Bros.
Brookshire Bros. operates 72 supermarkets in rural areas and the Houston metro region and is one of the largest retail outlets of Conoco fuel. The grocer also operates 30 Polk Pick It Up convenience stores.