Publix Super Markets said Tuesday that 40-year company veteran Richard Schuler, VP of distribution, would retire May 2, and will be succeeded by longtime Publix worker Casey Suarez.
Schuler began his career at the Lakeland, Fla.-based company in 1973 as an unloader in the Miami distribution center and held various positions before being promoted to his current position in 2000.
“Richard has made significant contributions to Publix, most notable of which is developing a strong and viable distribution support function for our stores,” said Ed Crenshaw, CEO of Publix, in a statement. “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 his life.”
Suarez began his Publix career in 1978 as a part-time produce clerk 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 was named 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 Publix SVP 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.”
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