Randy Edeker is president and chief operating officer of Hy-Vee, Inc., a position he has held since 2009.
A 30-year veteran of Hy-Vee, Edeker began his Hy-Vee career in 1981 as a part-time employee at the Hy-Vee store in Chariton, Iowa. He quickly moved up through the ranks at Hy-Vee, working at stores in Lincoln, Nebraska; Davenport, Iowa; Milan, Illinois; and Kirksville, Missouri before getting his first store director assignment at Columbus, Nebraska in 1993. After just a year at the helm, he was selected by his peers for induction into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame as “Store Manager of the Year.”
In 1995 Edeker joined Hy-Vee’s corporate staff, serving as a director of operations overseeing stores in the company’s Northwest region. Once again, his peers recognized his accomplishments by voting him into the Hall of Fame as “Department Director of the Year” in 1998. That same year, he was elected to serve a one-year term on Hy-Vee’s board of directors. In 1999, he transferred to Hy-Vee’s Southern Region as director of operations, and later, assistant vice president, operations, overseeing the company’s growing Kansas City market.
Edeker was elected vice president, Marketing for Hy-Vee in 2004. A year later, Hy-Vee staff and store directors presented him with his third Hy-Vee Hall of Fame award, this time as “Officer of the Year.” In 2006 Edeker moved up to senior vice president, retail operations, and in 2008 he became executive vice president and chief operating officer. Stockholders elected him to his current position as president in 2009.
In this role, Edeker oversees retail operations, store design, marketing, advertising, distribution procurement and communications for Hy-Vee, which operates 233 supermarkets and drug stores in eight Midwestern states. He serves on Hy-Vee’s board of directors and executive committee and is active within the industry as well, serving on the Pepsico Retail Advisory Council, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council and as Co-Chair of the Associate Member Board of the Food Marketing Institute, the industry’s largest trade group.
Randy and his wife, Dawn, have two children and one granddaughter and reside in Urbandale.