11. CHARLES JENKINS JR., CEO, Publix Supermarkets Key development: Growing Publix throughout the Southeast. What's next: Shooting to be the largest retailer east of the Mississippi. Before assuming the job of chief executive officer of Publix Super Markets in 2001, Charles Jenkins Jr. spent many years in the real-estate department for the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer. The influence, observers said, still shows. "Charlie was always very astute at finding locations," said Asa Candler, ...
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