LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After 42 years of dedicated service, Vice President of Facilities Dave Duncan, 63, has announced his decision to retire effective Dec. 31, 2016. With Duncan’s retirement, Director of Construction Bob McGarrity will be promoted to Vice President of Facilities and Vice President of Real Estate Jeff Chamberlain will be promoted to Senior Vice President, overseeing real estate and facilities, effective Jan. 1, 2017.
“During Dave’s many years of dedicated service, he was instrumental in the success of numerous projects,” said CEO & President Todd Jones. “He has supported our company growth, while being a champion for our sustainability efforts, including launching our Green Routine program more than a decade ago. We wish Dave and his wife, Nancy, well as they begin the next chapter in their lives.”
McGarrity, 55, has more than 30 years of experience leading teams in the areas of commercial construction, real estate development and facilities management. Prior to joining Publix in his current role in 2012, he served as a Commander and managed facilities and construction as an Officer in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. He was a senior development officer for AG Armstrong Development and Regency Centers. He will oversee the design, construction and maintenance of stores and equipment.
Chamberlain, 60, started his Publix career in 1972 as a part-time front service clerk in Satellite Beach, Florida. After working his way up to store manager in 1984, he was promoted to real estate manager in 1991, director of market strategy for real estate in 1999 and to his current role in 2011. In his senior leadership role, Chamberlain will have oversight of the company’s facilities department in addition to his current responsibilities.
“We are excited to announce the promotion of two company leaders,” said CEO & President Todd Jones. “As our company continues to expand, I’m confident in the abilities of Bob and Jeff to help introduce Publix to new markets. They are passionate about Publix and our associates.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 184,500 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,127 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.