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Publix Super Markets makes VP changes

CEO Todd Jones on Monday announced several retirements and promotions for the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer.
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Publix Super MarketsVP of Finance Gino DiGrazia and VP of Benefits Administration and Assistant Secretary Linda Kane will retire, CEO Todd Jones said in a statement Monday. 

DiGrazia, who will retire at the end of this year,  joined Publix as manager of business analysis and reporting in 1992. He was promoted to director , vice president and controller in 2002. In 2015, he was named VP of finance, Publix said.

“Gino’s dedication to helping our retail and support business units understand their operations has made us a better company,” 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.”

With news of his retirement, DiGrazia’s areas of responsibility will be divided between Chris Mesa and Doug Stalbaum, who were both promoted earlier this year and currently serve as VP and controller, Publix said in a statement.

Publix Super Markets VP of Benefits Administration and Assistant Secretary Linda Kane will retire at the end of February. 

Kane began her Publix career in 1994 as a treasury analyst. She was promoted to manager of business analysis in 1997 and director of benefits administration in 1998. In 2000, she was promoted to assistant secretary and to her current role 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 in a statement. “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.”

With Kane’s retirement, Monica Allman has been promoted to VP of benefits administration.

Allman began her Publix career in 2001 as a project manager in benefits administration. After working in various capacities within that department, she was promoted in 2004 to manager of stock programs and 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 said in a statement. “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.”

As one of the largest employee-owned grocers in the U.S., Publix employs more than 225,000 associates at its nearly 1,300 locations. It was recently placed on Newsweek’s 2023 America’s Best Customer Service list—ranking No. 1 in the supermarket category for the sixth year in a row.

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