Publix promotes company vet to VP of manufacturing
A familiar face is assuming the role of VP of manufacturing at Publix Super Markets.
Publix director of manufacturing Doug Harris will be promoted to VP of manufacturing, effective May 1, 2019. In his new role, Harris will oversee the efforts of Publix’s manufacturing businesses, which include seven fresh production plants and printing services.
Harris, 46, began his Publix career in 1998 as an industrial engineer in the company’s Lakeland, Florida, corporate headquarters. He worked in various positions in logistics within manufacturing before transferring to the Atlanta dairy plant in 2006 as a production operations manager. In 2013, he was promoted to GM of the Atlanta dairy plant. Harris transferred back to Lakeland last year, when he was promoted to his current role.
“Doug has the ability to think strategically about how Publix manufacturing can continue to differentiate us from our competition,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “He creates strong, collaborative relationships that show how much he genuinely cares for his associates and Publix. I’m excited to see him continue to grow his Publix career.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,213 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
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