Meijer Tabs Keyes as President

To succeed J.K. Symancyk, who will head Academy Ltd.
October 5, 2015David Gill

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Rick Keyes, a 26-year veteran of Meijer, has been named president of the Midwestern hypermarket and grocery retailer.

Keyes will succeed J.K. Symancyk, who will become president and CEO of Academy Ltd., parent company of specialty retailer Academy Sports & Outdoors, on Nov. 2. He will report to Hank Meijer, co-chairman and co-CEO.

Keyes joined Meijer as a pharmacist in the company’s Columbus, Ohio, location. Since 2006, he has been executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing. In this role, he oversaw Meijer’s expansion into manufacturing with the acquisition of one dairy and the construction of another. He also conducted initiatives ranging from the launch of a near-zero emission truck fleet to significant investments in lean distribution technologies.

“Rick’s proven leadership has been an inspiration to our team,” Hank Meijer said. “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 2014, Meijer recorded home furnishings sales of $750 million, according to HFN market research.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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