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    Publix Promotes 6 Execs

    New roles encompass HR, IT and retail ops

    Publix Super Markets Inc. has unveiled six new officer positions in human resources, information technology and retail operations, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

    Alison Midili-Smith (left) will become VP of talent and organizational development. Midili-Smith began her career at Publix in 1996 as manager of selections, and was promoted to director of employment and staffing in 1999 and director of organizational development in 2004. Her areas of responsibility in her new role will include associate relations, diversity, policies and procedures, training and leadership development, recruiting, and employee assistance programs.

    Erik Katenkamp (right) will become VP of information systems — application development. Erik joined Publix in 1995 as an industrial engineer in the bakery plant, and rose through the ranks to become business IT manager in 1999 and director of business application delivery in 2006. His areas of support responsibility in his new position will include merchandising, distribution, manufacturing, pharmacy, risk management, accounting, facilities, real estate, CQA and other support departments.

    Renee Kelly (left) will become VP of information systems — application development. Joining Publix in 1983 as a programmer, Kelly was promoted to business IT manager in 1995, director of business IT alignment in 1997 and director of business application delivery in 2006. The areas of support responsibility in her upcoming role will include supply chain/order management, retail operations, payment systems and human resources.

    Tom Larson (right) will become VP of information systems — engineering and operations. Larson came to Publix in 2006 as director of IS engineering. His areas of responsibility will include engineering, data center operations, telecommunications and support organizations encompassing customer support, network support and technology services.

    Steve Wellslager (left) will become VP of information systems — architecture and security. Beginning his Publix career in 1988 as a programmer, Wellslager became application delivery manager in 1996 and director of architecture and engineering in 2006. His areas of responsibility will be enterprise architecture and application services, I/S security and compliance, database administration, data warehousing, access management and customer service systems.

    “Our ability to promote from within highly talented individuals and perpetuate our Publix culture is a hallmark of our success,” said Ed Crenshaw, CEO of Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, which is privately owned and operated by its 152,500 employees and has 1,066 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

    Additionally, Chuck Roskovich (right) will become division VP for Publix’s Charlotte division. Roskovich began his career at the grocer in 1975 as a front-service clerk and spent much of his early career in the meat department, including a stint as manager of store #33 in Marietta, Ga., the company’s first metro Atlanta-area store. He became a store manager in 1993, district manager in 1995, regional director in 2000, Atlanta division VP in 2008 and SVP of product business development in 2011.

    “Chuck’s extensive leadership experience and his passion for retail store operations will help make our entry into North Carolina a great success,” noted Crenshaw.
     

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