Hy-Vee Announces Executive Successions; Randy Edeker Discusses
WEST DES MOINES, IA - Several leaders have climbed another rung in the corporate ladder, as Hy-Vee recently announced multiple promotions. Jeremy Gosch has been named President and Chief Operating Officer; Aaron Wiese was appointed Vice Chairman of Hy-Vee and President of Hy-Vee Supply Chain/Subsidiaries; and Andy Schreiner will take on the role of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. Jay Marshall and Mike Skokan will also be retiring from their roles.
Gosch began his Hy-Vee career as a part-time clerk in 1995, and spent the next 12 years moving into retail operations management roles, including Store Director at multiple locations. In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Operations, Northeast region. Over the next six years, he held several executive leadership roles and in early 2018, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and later transitioned into Chief Operating Officer. In 2021, Gosch became President, Retail Operations and Co-Chief Operating Officer.
Gosch will become only the fifth President in Hy-Vee’s 91-year history. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Iowa.
“One of my greatest responsibilities is to select the right leaders for our future, and I am confident Jeremy is that leader. Jeremy has a strong knowledge of our business and our unique company, and he is excellent at implementing our vision and has a strong sense of urgency to meet the challenging times we live in today,” said Randy Edeker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “He has a great understanding of how we need to continue to evolve our company to grow, which will keep us on a path toward continued success.”
Aaron Wiese has also been promoted to Vice Chairman of Hy-Vee and President of Hy-Vee Supply Chain/Subsidiaries.
Wiese started his Hy-Vee career in 1993 and served in various operations leadership roles. In 2012, he became Director, Real Estate Strategic Planning, and in 2013 became Director, Health/Wellness Strategic Planning. He also held the roles of Assistant Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy; Vice President, Business Development at Hy-Vee Subsidiary Amber Specialty Pharmacy; and President of Amber Specialty Pharmacy. He was promoted to Executive Vice President level in December 2020, and became President of Digital Growth and Co-Chief Operating Officer in April 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.
“Aaron is poised and ready to assume this important position to help me lead the company as Vice Chairman of Hy-Vee’s Board of Directors,” Edeker said. “He has a strong vision for the total breadth of our company and is extremely knowledgeable in many areas, including health care and digital development and growth. With Aaron helping me guide the company, we are positioned for continued growth and innovation.”
Schreiner began his career with Hy-Vee as a part-time clerk in 1995, a press release stated. He then moved into Hy-Vee’s corporate office as an accounting intern in 1999. He was selected as an internal auditor and joined the Hy-Vee executive staff in 2001 before being promoted to Assistant Director, auditing services, followed by a promotion in the accounting department as financial reporting supervisor in 2006. In 2015 he was named Vice President of Accounting and then later, Chief Accounting Officer. He was inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in 2008.
“The role of Hy-Vee’s Chief Financial Officer has evolved over the past decade, and truly is integrated into every aspect of what we do as a company,” Edeker said. “Andy is incredibly smart, and his strategic thinking and accounting expertise will play a huge role as our company continues to expand and innovate.”
Vice Chairman and President of Hy-Vee Supply Chain and Subsidiaries Jay Marshall will be retiring following 39 years of service, as well as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer Mike Skokan, following 35 years of service.
Marshall started at Hy-Vee in 1982. In 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Operations, Northwestern district. In 2008, he moved into the corporate office as Vice President of Center Store and over the next several years led different areas of the company. In 2018, Marshall moved into the role of Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer, and President, Hy-Vee Subsidiaries/Commissaries, and then Vice Chairman in 2020.
He was inducted in the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in 2004 and 2021 for his leadership, and was recognized with the Chairman’s Humanitarian Award at Hy-Vee last week.
Skokan’s Hy-Vee career began in 1986 as a part-time courtesy clerk and checker/stocker. In 1993, Skokan joined the Hy-Vee executive staff as an internal auditor and over the years was promoted to various roles within the accounting department. In 2011 he was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer and was named a permanent member of the Hy-Vee Board of Directors, and joined the Hy-Vee Executive Committee. He too was inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame in 2015 and 2021 for his leadership.
“Both Jay and Mike have been trusted leaders of our executive team for many years, and I could not be more thankful for the contributions they have made to our great company,” said Edeker.
We offer our congratulations to each of these leaders as they take the next steps in their journey.