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• Publix Super Markets said yesterday that with the retirement of CEO Ed Crenshaw and the promotion of Todd Jones to president/CEO, David Phillips, the company's CFO, will assume additional responsibilities and be promoted to Executive Vice President and CFO. Miami Division Vice President, Kevin Murphy, will be promoted to a newly created position, Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. And Bob Bechtel, Lakeland Division Regional Director, has been named Miami Division Vice President.

At the same time, Lakeland Division Vice President Tom McLaughlin has decided to retire after 47 years with the company. He will be succeeded by Sam Pero, the company's Jacksonville Division Regional Director.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that JC Penney has named Joe McFarland, formerly the president of Home Depot's northern and western divisions, to be its new executive vice president of stores. At Penney, McFarland "will oversee the chain’s approximately 1,020 stores and will be tasked with other initiatives, like same-day pickup, in-store fulfillment and improving sales productivity."
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