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Aaron Wiese tapped to become Hy-Vee’s CEO


Hy-Vee Inc. executive Aaron Wiese has been named CEO of the West Des Moines-based retailer, effective Oct. 1, Hy-Vee CEO and Board Chairman Randy Edeker announced in a press release.

Wiese is currently Hy-Vee’s vice chairman and president of the company’s supply chain and subsidiaries.

Jeremy Gosch will remain as the company’s president and chief operating officer, overseeing all of the business’ retail operations.

Wiese and Gosch will both report to Edeker, who will continue to serve as Hy-Vee’s chairman of the board.

“With this announcement, I can continue to focus on Hy-Vee’s strategy and evolution in today’s changing environment while Jeremy can focus on overseeing our stores and Aaron can focus on the day-to-day operations of the overall company,” Edeker said in a prepared statement.

Wiese started his Hy-Vee career in 1993 while attending the University of Northern Iowa, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2012, Wiese joined Hy-Vee’s executive staff as director, real estate strategic planning, and in 2013 became director, health/wellness strategic planning. In 2014, he was promoted to assistant vice president, specialty pharmacy, and then vice president, business development, at Amber Specialty Pharmacy.

Over the next six years, Wiese led multiple facets of Hy-Vee’s health and wellness division, as well as serving as president of Hy-Vee subsidiary Amber Specialty Pharmacy for several years. He was promoted to the executive vice president level in December 2020, and became president of digital growth and co-chief operating officer in April 2021. He was promoted to his current position in December 2021.

Gosch began his Hy-Vee career in 1995 as a part-time clerk at the Lantern Park Plaza Hy-Vee in Coralville. He spent the next 12 years moving into retail operations management roles, including that of store director at multiple locations. In 2012, he joined Hy-Vee’s executive staff when 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 that year he transitioned into chief operating officer.

In April 2021, Gosch became president, retail operations and co-chief operating officer. He was promoted to his current position in December 2021. Gosch, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa, is only the fifth president in Hy-Vee’s 92-year history.

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