Winn-Dixie Stores has announced the election of Laurence Appel, Winn-Dixie senior vice president and general counsel, as secretary of the company, effective immediately.

Appel succeeds Judith W. Dixon, who is retiring 31 December, 2003. Dixon has been with Winn-Dixie for over 40 years and has served as secretary of the company since her election in January 1995

The secretary of the company is responsible for advising the chairman of the board and the chief executive officer on proper corporate governance, organising board meetings and related agendas, recording and maintaining minutes, serving as custodian of records, and handling related board and governance matters.

Appel will continue his duties as Winn-Dixie senior vice president and general counsel in addition to his new role as corporate secretary.