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Charlie Jenkins Jr., who began his career at Publix in 1969 and became CEO of the company in 2001, has announced his planned retirement, effective March 29, 2008.

Jenkins will remain a member of the company’s board of directors, and will become chairman of the board. The current chairman, Howard Jenkins, will become chairman of the executive committee.

Once Jenkins leaves the CEO position, company president Ed Crenshaw will move into the CEO job. Todd Jones, senior vice president for product business development, will become the chain’s new president.
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