Publix announced a key personnel change yesterday from its Lakeland headquarters when Vice President of Fresh Product Business Development David Bridges revealed his decision to retire on Jan. 1 after 49 years with the firm.
From humble beginnings as a front service clerk in 1966, to store, district and regional management positions and ultimately executive leadership, Bridges served in his current position for 14 years.
“David has been a dedicated Publix associate and an integral part of the growth of our fresh and meals departments," Publix President Todd Jones said. "He has a passion for providing premier service to his customers and for the training, development and advancement of his team. We will miss David and wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his life."
Atlanta Division Regional Director Chris Litz will fill Bridges' post. Also a long-time employee, Litz began his Publix career in 1987 as a stock clerk in Sarasota, moving up to managerial standing over the years.
“Chris’ experience in retail and support makes him an ideal candidate for this leadership position,” Chief Executive Officer Ed Crenshaw said. “His knowledge of both facets of our operations will continue to move our fresh retail business units forward.”
In a slight internal realignment, Litz will report to Senior Vice President Dave Bornmann, who oversees grocery and customer service business development.