Charlotte division regional director, Norman Badger, has been promoted to vice president of product business development at Publix supermarkets. Pete Mowitt, currently fulfilling this role, has announced his decision to retire from this position as of April 30.
Badger began his Publix career in 1995 as a front service clerk in Aiken, South Carolina. After working in a variety of positions, he was promoted to store manager in 2007, district manager in 2014 and to his current role in 2017.
“Norman models our mission and is dedicated to serving Publix associates and customers. His leadership was instrumental in the growth of the Charlotte Division. I’m excited about the contributions he’ll make in this role,” Murphy said.
Badger and his family will relocate to Lakeland, Florida.
Mowitt began his Publix career in 1975 as a front service clerk in Miami. He worked in various positions before becoming a store manager in 1991, district manager in 1995, director of merchandising in 1998 and business development director of grocery in 2000. Mowitt was promoted to vice president grocery/non-foods in 2013 and to his current role in 2018.
“Pete is a passionate leader. Throughout his career, he has developed associates to help our stores better serve our customers. We thank him for his more than four decades of service and the positive impact he’s had on our company,” said Publix president Kevin Murphy.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2018 sales of USD36.1bn. Currently, Publix has 1,238 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.