Publix Vice President of Distribution to Retire
New Vice President Announced
LAKELAND, Fla. -- March 11, 2014
After 40 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets’ Vice President of
Distribution Richard Schuler announced his decision to retire, effective May
Schuler began his Publix career in 1973 as an unloader in the company’s Miami
distribution center. In 1979, he was promoted to grocery supervisor, fresh
pack supervisor in 1982 and produce department head in 1987. He moved to the
Deerfield distribution center as dispatch superintendent in 1991 and
transferred back to Miami in 1995 as Miami distribution manager. Schuler was
promoted to his current position in 2000.
Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said, “Richard has made significant contributions to
Publix, most notable of which is developing a strong and viable distribution
support function for our stores. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated
to advocating for his customers and committed to the training and development
of his associates. We wish him the very best as he begins the next chapter of
With this retirement, Casey Suarez has been named Vice President of
Distribution, effective May 3.
Suarez began his Publix career in 1978 as a part-time produce clerk at store
112 in South Miami. After working in different capacities at several stores in
Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, he was promoted to store manager in 1988 and
Miami Division district manager in 1994. In 2011, Suarez relocated to Lakeland
to assume the position of director of warehousing.
“As a 36-year Publix veteran, Casey’s background in retail operations and in
warehousing gives him the unique ability to have insights into both functions
of our business,” said Sr. Vice President of Distribution and Manufacturing
Mike Smith. “He has strong leadership abilities, which include engaging his
associates, creating an inclusive workforce and promoting a strong sense of
our Publix culture. We’re confident Casey and his team will continue to build
a strong supply chain.”
Suarez and his wife Marilyn, Lakeland residents, have four children and four
grandchildren. They are passionate about giving back to their community and
are actively involved with the March of Dimes and United Way.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 166,000 employees, with 2013
sales of $28.9 billion. Currently Publix has 1,077 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 17
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.
Publix Super Markets
Maria Brous, 863-680-5339
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