Human Resources and Retail

Meijer names president

October 2, 2015
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Rick Keyes
Rick Keyes. Courtesy Meijer

Meijer has named its seventh president in its 81-year history.

The Grand Rapids-based retailer said today that it has appointed Rick Keyes — who has served as the company’s EVP of supply chain and manufacturing since 2006 — to the role.

Keyes replaces outgoing Meijer President J.K. Symancyk, who is joining Katy, Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors as president and CEO.

“We are pleased to introduce Rick as our new president,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman and co-CEO, Meijer. “Rick’s proven leadership has been an inspiration to our team. 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.”

In that capacity, he oversaw the retailer’s expansion into manufacturing with the acquisition of one dairy and construction of another and "pioneered" initiatives ranging from the launch of a near-zero-emission truck fleet to "significant investments" in lean distribution technologies.

Keyes has also led an initiative at a number of Meijer distribution facilities since 2012 to partner with local nonprofits to create job opportunities for disabled people.

Keyes, a Columbus, Ohio native, joined Meijer 26 years ago when he was hired as a pharmacist.

He is a graduate of Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy.

“I am truly humbled and honored to accept the role as president of Meijer,” Keyes said. “I joined this company as a front-line team member more than 25 years ago, and Meijer has provided me the opportunity to learn, grow and develop experiences across a variety of disciplines.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with our team members at all levels to ensure Meijer continues to grow and thrive. A company can only be great if its team members feel valued and engaged, regardless of their role or level. 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.”

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