LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw announced six new officer positions effective Jan. 1, 2013. The new officer positions are in human resources, information technology and retail operations.
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In human resources, Alison Midili-Smith will be Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development. Alison began her Publix career in 1996 as manager of selections. She was promoted to director of employment and staffing in 1999 and director of organizational development in 2004. Her areas of responsibility will include associate relations, diversity, policies and procedures, training and leadership development, recruiting, and employee assistance programs. Alison graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her doctorate from University of South Florida in industrial/organizational psychology.
In information technology, Erik Katenkamp will be Vice President of Information Systems — Application Development. Erik began his Publix career in 1995 as an industrial engineer in the bakery plant. He was promoted to business IT manager in 1999 and director of business application delivery in 2006. His areas of support responsibility include merchandising, distribution, manufacturing, pharmacy, risk management, accounting, facilities, real estate, CQA and other support departments. Erik graduated from University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.
In information technology, Renee Kelly will also be Vice President of Information Systems — Application Development. Renee began her Publix career in 1983 as a programmer. She was promoted to business IT manager in 1995, director of business IT alignment in 1997 and director of business application delivery in 2006. Her areas of support responsibility include supply chain/order management, retail operations, payment systems and human resources. Renee graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
In information technology, Tom Larson will be Vice President of Information Systems — Engineering and Operations. Tom joined Publix in 2006 as director of IS engineering. His areas of responsibility include engineering, data center operations, telecommunications and support organizations including customer support, network support and technology services. Tom graduated from University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
In information technology, Steve Wellslager will be Vice President of Information Systems — Architecture and Security. Steve began his Publix career in 1988 as a programmer. He was promoted to application delivery manager in 1996 and director of architecture and engineering in 2006. His areas of responsibility include enterprise architecture and application services, I/S security and compliance, database administration, data warehousing, access management and customer service systems. Steve graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.
“I am pleased we have so many leaders ready to take the next step in their careers,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our ability to promote from within highly talented individuals and perpetuate our Publix culture is a hallmark of our success.”
In retail operations, Chuck Roskovich will be Division Vice President for the Charlotte Division. Chuck began his Publix career in 1975 as a front-service clerk and spent much of his early career in the meat department, including being a manager in store #33, Marietta, our first metro Atlanta store. He became a store manager in 1993, district manager in 1995, regional director in 2000, Atlanta Division vice president in 2008 and senior vice president 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,” said Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “We share Chuck’s excitement in taking on this new opportunity to build Publix’s brand in this important new market.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 152,500 employees, with 2011 sales of $27.0 billion. Currently Publix has 1,066 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.publix.com.