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Publix officer retiring, successor announced

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix senior vice president, general counsel and secretary John Attaway is retiring, effective May 31, after 21 years with the company. He will be succeeded by Merriann Metz.

John Attaway

Attaway began his Publix career in 1997 as corporate counsel and became general counsel and secretary in 2000. He was promoted to his current positions in 2005.

“John started our corporate legal department and has been instrumental in developing our legal team,” said Publix chief executive officer Todd Jones. “In addition, throughout his career he has taken on many additional responsibilities.”

Metz, 43, will be promoted to vice president, general counsel and secretary. Prior to joining Publix, she was an attorney with the Lowndes Drosdick law firm in Orlando, Fla. Metz began her Publix career in 2006 as an attorney in the corporate legal department and was promoted to senior attorney in 2010. She was promoted to assistant general counsel in 2011 and to her current position of assistant general counsel and assistant secretary in 2016.

“Merriann has a collaborative and thoughtful approach to everything she works on,” said Jones. “I’m excited to see her take this next step in her career.”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2018 sales of $36.1 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,213 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.


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