Meijer appoints company vet as new president

Meijer appointed a new president, Rick Keyes, who will become the 81-year-old retailer's seventh president. Former Meijer president, J.K. Symancyk, is leaving Meijer to lead Academy Sports + Outdoors, effective Nov. 2.

A 26-year company veteran, Keyes started at Meijer as a pharmacist in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2006, he's served as exec-VP of supply chain and manufacturing. In this role, Keyes oversaw Meijer's expansion into manufacturing and executed an initiative resulting in a near-zero emission truck fleet.

"Rick's proven leadership has been an inspiration to our team," said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer. "He has grown up with Meijer, excelling in positions in both pharmacy and store operations, and, most recently, building industry-leading supply chain and manufacturing operations."

With a special interest in employee engagement, Keyes has led initiatives at distribution facilities and partnered with nonprofit organizations to create job opportunities for people with disabilities.

"A company can only be great if its team members feel valued and engaged, regardless of their role or level," Keyes said. "Together with a strong senior leadership team, I'm looking forward to charting a course for our company where everyone can feel ownership for our success, while delivering the excellent customer service Meijer is known for." Press Release