Vice Chairman of Publix Barney Barnett Announces Retirement Plans
LAKELAND, FL - Publix announced, last week, that one of its most experienced leaders, Vice Chairman Barney Barnett, has announced plans to retire, effective April 30, 2019.
Barnett began his Publix career in 1969 as an Internal Auditor in Lakeland, Florida. He was then promoted to Controller in 1977 and Vice President of Administrations in 1986. In 1988, he was again promoted, this time to the role of Executive Vice President. In 1998, he moved into his current role as Vice Chairman.
“We are grateful for Barney’s 50 years of service to Publix, our associates, our customers, and the communities we serve,” said CEO Todd Jones, in a recent press release. “His commitment to our culture has helped pave the path for our future successes. It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside him. We will miss him but also wish him well as he starts this next chapter of his life.”
According to the press release, Barnett is one of only 20 Publix associates who have reached the milestone of a 50-year-long Publix career. And Barnett will remain on the board of Publx Super Markets Charities and, as Publix’s Board of Director has also named him Vice Chairman Emeritus, Barnett will be recognized at this year’s annual meeting of stockholders.
Throughout this Publix career, Barnett has been recognized by a number of organizations for both his leadership and his commitment to the community. The United Way of Central Florida named him Philanthropist of the Year in 2016 and presented him with the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award in 2002. He was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2002 and received the Governor’s Business Leader Award in 2010.
Publix noted that Barnett is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Carol Jenkins Barnett, and continuing to support the communities they’ve served for so long.
Congratulations to Barney from the ANUK team for an incredible career.