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DiGrazia's duties will be divided between VP/Controllers Chris Mesa and Doug Stalbaum, and Kane's responsibilities will be assumed by new VP of Benefits Administration Monica Allman, Publix said.

Two Publix VPs to retire, another appointed

Gino DiGrazia to step down at year’s end, Linda Kane next year

A pair of upcoming vice president retirements at Publix Super Markets has brought new roles of three others.

Gino DiGrazia-Publix.jpgLakeland, Fla.-based Publix said Monday that Vice President of Finance Gino DiGrazia (pictured left) plans to retire at the end of this year after 30 years service at the company, while Vice President of Benefits Administration and Assistant Secretary Linda Kane, a 28-year Publix vetera, aims to follow suit early next year.

DiGrazia, 60, started his Publix career in 1992 as manager of business analysis and reporting in Lakeland. In 1997, he was promoted to director and then five years later was appointed vice president and controller. In 2012, he was elevated to vice president of finance.

With DiGrazia’s retirement, his duties will be split between Chris Mesa and Doug Stalbaum, both of whom serve under the title of vice president and controller. Mesa and Stalbaum were promoted to that role last November.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail and support business units understand their operations has made us a better company,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. “He’s helped our managers make more informed decisions for three decades while sharing his knowledge and passion for finance with those around him. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service and wish him well in his retirement.”

Linda Kane-Publix.jpgMeanwhile, plans call for Kane (pictured left), 57, to retire on Feb. 28, 2023. She began her Publix career in 1994 as a treasury analyst in Lakeland and then was promoted to manager of business analysis in 1997 and to director of benefits administration in 1998. In 2000, she was elevated to assistant secretary and to her current role as vice president of benefits administration in 2002.

“Linda’s passion for providing premier service and benefits to our associates for almost three decades has continued to help make Publix a great place to work,” said Jones. “She’s committed her career to providing a comprehensive and affordable benefits package for our associates and their families. We are grateful for her years of dedicated service and wish her well in her retirement.”

In announcing Kane’s retirement, Publix said Monica Allman has been promoted to vice president of benefits administration. Allman, 49, started her Publix career in 2001 as a project manager in benefits administration in Lakeland.

Monica Allman-Publix.jpgAfter working in various roles in that department, Allman (pictured left) was named manager of stock programs in 2004 and then appointed to her current role of director of stock programs in 2012.

“Monica is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in stockholder services and associate benefit plans,” Jones commented. “Her ability to collaborate across teams, along with her passion for modernizing and improving systems, will be instrumental as she continues to enhance the experience for our associates and stockholders. We are excited to see the contributions she’ll continue to make in her new role.”

Publix currently operates 1,305 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

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