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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Meijer, Inc. here is apparently adding financial smarts to the executive suite, selecting former state treasurer Mark Murray to take over as its president, effective in August.
Murray, a member of Meijer's board of directors, is currently president of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., where he will finish out the academic year. Prior to joining GVSU in 2001, Murray served as treasurer of the state of Michigan, as well as the state's director of management and budget. He also served as v.p. for finance and administration at Michigan State University.
Murray's predecessor at Meijer, Larry Zigerelli, resigned in November, citing personal reasons.
"We are delighted to have a person with Mark's experience and proven leadership abilities join our company as president," said Hank Meijer, co-c.e.o./co-chairman. "Mark's service on our board of directors has allowed him in-depth exposure to our company and its culture. He shares our commitment to making Meijer a strong and independent leader in our highly competitive industry. His skills complement our plans for growth."
Murray will work closely with Paul Boyer, co-c.e.o./vice chairman, as well as with Hank Meijer and co-chairman Doug Meijer, as he moves into his new role. Murray holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Michigan State University. He and his wife, Elizabeth have three children and live in East Grand Rapids.
Meijer operates 171 stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan and Ohio.