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Publix Miami division VP to retire, successor announced

After more than 46 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets Miami Division Vice President Bill Fauerbach has announced his decision to retire at the end of March 2014. Kevin Murphy will take over the position, effective April 1.

“Bill helped grow our culture and build a solid foundation on which the Miami division will continue to grow," Ed Crenshaw, chief executive officer, said in a press release. "We thank him for his many contributions, and he will be missed by us all.”

Murphy began his Publix career in 1984 as a front-service clerk in Margate, FL. He worked through various positions before becoming a store manager in 1995 and Jacksonville, FL, division district manager in 2003. He has been a regional director in the Atlanta division since January 2009.

“With Kevin's passion, commitment to Publix and strong operational knowledge, he's the ideal candidate to continue to promote the Publix culture of developing associates and enhancing the customer shopping experience,” said President Todd Jones.

Murphy received the prestigious George W. Jenkins Award in 2000 and the President's Award in 2007. The George W. Jenkins Award honors Publix managers who consistently work to make their workplace the best it can be. The President's Award honors Publix managers who are committed to workplace diversity.

Murphy and his wife, Christina, will soon be relocating to the south Florida area.