Randy Edeker, the CEO of Hy-Vee, the largest employer in Iowa with more than 93,000 staff in 285 stores across the Midwest, will step down from his post later this year. Edeker named current vice chairman of Hy-Vee Inc. Aaron Wiese as his replacement, effective Oct. 1, according to a company news release.
Here’s what we know about the leadership change and what this means for Iowa’s largest employer.
Who is Aaron Wiese, incoming CEO of Hy-Vee?
Aaron Wiese, who is set to take over as Hy-Vee CEO on Oct. 1, currently serves as the vice chairman of Hy-Vee Inc.
Wiese graduated from Washington High School in Cherokee. According to the company’s news release, Wiese has served in various operations and leadership roles within the company since 1993, when he started working at Hy-Vee as a student. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, he worked as an operations manager for Hy-Vee Care for four years. By 2012, he became the director of real estate planning for Hy-Vee, then moved on to director of health/wellness strategic planning in 2013.
In 2014, Wiese served as the chief operating officer of Omaha-based pharmacy solutions provider Amber Pharmacy, which at the time had just been acquired by Hy-Vee. By 2019, Wiese had moved up to serve as president of the Hy-Vee subsidiary, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Wiese continued his upward trajectory within the company, taking on a role as executive vice president at Hy-Vee in December 2020 and eventually landing his current role in December 2021.
What does this mean for Randy Edeker?
Edeker has served as the chairman and CEO of