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Randall B. Edeker has been named to lead Hy-Vee, Inc. as its new president, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who became president in 2001 and will remain chairman and CEO. A 28-year veteran of the West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocer, Edeker, 47, is the fourth president in the company’s 80-year history.
Edeker has held a number of positions with the 228-store regional retailer, most recently as EVP and COO. He began his career as a part-time employee of the Chariton Hy-Vee store and managed a store in Columbus, Neb., before moving to Hy-Vee’s corporate office in 1995.
As only the fourth company officer to hold the title of president since Hy-Vee’s founding in 1930, Edeker follows in the esteemed footsteps of the late Dwight Vredenburg (son of company co-founder David Vredenburg), who was elected Hy-Vee’s first president in 1938, when the partnership of Hyde and Vredenburg incorporated. Only 23 years old at the time, Vredenburg was president for 45 years, until being succeeded by Ron Pearson in 1983. Pearson held that role until 2001, when Jurgens was elected president.
In announcing Edeker’s promotion, Jurgens hailed him as “a strong leader we can count on to lead with confidence and vision as we move to the future.” As president, Edeker will oversee retail operations, store design, marketing, advertising and communications for Hy-Vee, which operates supermarkets and drug stores in eight Midwestern states.
Edeker and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of two grown daughters.