FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award

FMI honors former Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw with the Rabb Award

 

Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) recognized former Publix Super Markets Inc., CEO and current chairman of the board of directors Ed Crenshaw with FMI’s highest honor, the Rabb Award.

FMI acknowledged Crenshaw for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry at a celebratory event at the Midwinter Executive Conference. The awards ceremony was further marked by a testimonial from Publix CEO Todd Jones, who recognized Crenshaw’s 42-year career saying, “It’s a reflection of our company culture and the legacy that you have built.  You’ve weathered recessions and fluctuating market trends; you’ve taught us how to be humble; you’ve been a mentor in our careers, a supporter of our communities, and built solid business relationships; and perhaps most importantly, you’ve given us your time and invaluable counsel.”

Crenshaw’s storied career began as a stock clerk for the company, and throughout his corporate journey, he held management, buying and store operations positions until he earned the titles of executive vice president of retail in 1994, president in 1996 and eventually took the helm as CEO in 2008. Crenshaw’s reputation for exceptional leadership is well regarded in the business and trade communities.

“Publix is consistently recognized as one of the top companies to work for 19 consecutive years, and it’s Ed’s remarkable leadership that has nurtured Publix’s reputation for two decades,” FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin remarked. “We honor Ed tonight because he has truly been integral to the strategic development of FMI policies and positions – from the development of industry resources, its health care agenda, labeling issues and its political action committee  –  all while keeping the needs of the consumer in a clear line of sight.”

Crenshaw has served with the Kidney Foundation of Central Florida, the Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, the Polk Museum of Art, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Polk County School Board Business Commission, and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.  He is chair of the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College, and is a member of Florida’s Council of 100. He has served on the board of GS1-US and is a member of FMI’s board of directors.

A native Texan, Crenshaw graduated from Baylor University in Waco. He and his wife Denise have two children.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

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Source: FMI

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Merriann Metz promoted to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary Publix

LAKELAND, Florida, 2016-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Metz began her career at Publix in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Florida.

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles within our organization,” said CEO and President Todd Jones. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

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Publix announces the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary

LAKELAND, Florida, 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Publix CEO and President Todd Jones announced the promotion of Merriann Metz to Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

Metz began her career at Publix in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department. She was promoted to senior attorney in 2010 and to her current position of Assistant General Counsel in 2011. Her primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate and regulatory law. Metz earned a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Florida.

“I am very proud that we continue to have talented associates who are ready to assume higher leadership roles within our organization,” said CEO and President Todd Jones. “Our ability to promote from within is one of the ways we are able to perpetuate our Publix culture.”

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL  33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Publix earns $8.7 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2016 a 4.5 percent increase from last year

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-May-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $8.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 3.3 percent. The company estimates sales increased 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, the effect of the Easter holiday was in the second quarter.

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were $581.9 million, compared to $548.9 million in 2015, an increase of 6 percent. Earnings per share for the first quarter increased to $0.75 for 2016, up from $0.71 per share in 2015.

These amounts are based on unaudited reports that will be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available on the company’s website at www.publix.com/stock.

Effective May 1, 2016, Publix’s stock price decreased from $45.20 per share to $43.95 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of its board of directors.

“I’m pleased that our Publix associates delivered strong results,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “Unfortunately, these results were not enough to offset the challenges in the stock market.”

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com

Jessica Blume, Todd Jones and David Phillips elected to Publix Super Markets’ board of directors

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — During its annual stockholders’ meeting today, Jessica Blume, Todd Jones and David Phillips were elected to Publix Super Markets’ board of directors.

“We are pleased to have three new directors joining the Board,” said Publix Chairman of the Board Charlie Jenkins Jr. “Jessica’s impressive accounting and technology background with Deloitte combined with Todd’s in-depth retail knowledge and David’s strong financial background make them valuable additions to our board.”

Blume’s career at Deloitte spanned more than 25 years prior to her retirement in 2015. She joined the firm in 1989 as a manager and became a partner in 1995. Blume led various teams across the firm including serving as National Managing Director – Consulting from 2003-2006, Managing Director of Research and Innovation from 2009-2012 and Vice Chair from 2012-2015. She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida.

Jones began his career at Publix in 1980 as a front-service clerk in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He worked in a variety of retail operations positions before becoming vice president of the Jacksonville Division in 2003. In 2005, Jones was promoted to senior vice president of product business development. He was named President in 2008. Effective May 1, Jones will become CEO and President.

Phillips began his Publix career in 1984 as an internal auditor. He worked in various financial positions before becoming controller in 1990. In 1997, Phillips was promoted to vice president finance and treasurer. He was named CFO in 1999. Effective May 1, Phillips will assume additional responsibilities and be promoted to Executive Vice President and CFO.

Corporate Initiatives and Trade Publications
Maria Brous
Director of Media & Community Relations
P.O. Box 407
Lakeland, FL 33802-0407
(863) 688-1188 ext. 55339
maria.brous@publix.com