LAKELAND, Florida – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – After 48 years of loyal service, Publix Super Markets Vice President of Marketing, Mark Irby, has announced his decision to retire at the end of February 2022.
Irby, 66, began his Publix career in 1973 at the Lakeland, Florida sign store. After having held various positions within this department, in 1983, he joined the advertising department as marketing and research manager. In 1988 he was promoted to Director of Marketing and Advertising and to his current position in 1989.
âMark’s dedication to helping build, promote, protect and bring the Publix brand to life has made us a better company,â said Kevin Murphy, President of Publix. âIt gave meaning to our slogan ‘Where shopping is fun’ and created opportunities for customers to connect with us in an authentic way, creating memorable moments with the stories of ‘my Publix’. He has made our brand part of the fabric of our communities, building loyal and enthusiastic fans in existing markets and introducing us into new areas. We are grateful for all of his years of dedicated service.
Irby and his wife, Debbie, will be staying in Lakeland and look forward to spending more time with family, friends and pursuing their personal interests.
With Irby’s retirement, Publix is ââpleased to announce the promotion of Malinda Renfroe to Vice President of Marketing.
Renfroe, 42, began her career at Publix in 2005 as a Marketing Support Associate in Lakeland, Florida. She became Field Marketing Coordinator in 2006, Category Marketing Manager in 2010 and Head of Brand Marketing Management in 2016. She was promoted to her current position of Director of Marketing Operations in 2019.
âMalinda is a strong leader with extensive experience in all marketing functions,â said Murphy. âHer ability to foster collaboration and team building, as well as her passion for partner development, will be instrumental as she takes this next step in her career at Publix. We are delighted to see the contributions she will continue to make in her new role.
Renfroe and her husband, Jason, reside in Lakeland.
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the United States with more than 225,000 associates, currently operates 1,294 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia . For 24 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work. In addition, Publix’s commitment to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the best in the grocery industry. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.