Dwight Vredenburg, president (1938-1978); CEO (1978-1989)
Hy-Vee’s first CEO and the son of Hy-Vee Co-Founder David Vredenburg, Dwight set the foundation for how the company values its employees and customers. (He also rocked an amazing glasses game, now forever immortalized in a statue tribute outside of Hy-Vee headquarters.) Vredenburg also provided benefits to Hy-Vee employees that many companies in the 1930s had never thought of — including company ownership.
Ron Pearson, 1989-2003
Taking the reins as Hy-Vee’s second CEO, Pearson moved the company forward to becoming a full-service retailer, while adapting to customers’ changing lifestyles and needs. In 2001, Pearson was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.
Ric Jurgens, 2003-2012
As Hy-Vee’s third CEO, Jurgens expanded the company’s focus on health and wellness to bring new services to customers. Jurgens valued the importance of corporate citizenship and helped put Hy-Vee in the national spotlight with the first Hy-Vee Triathlon in 2007.
Randy Edeker, 2012-2022
Taking the helm of Hy-Vee in 2012, Edeker’s leadership and innovation sparked tremendous growth for the company, expanding its footprint and becoming a nationally recognized retailer and health care provider. In 2019, Edeker was presented with the Sidney R. Rabb Award from FMI.
Jeremy Gosch, 2022-present
As Hy-Vee’s newly appointed CEO — and only the fifth CEO in the company’s 93-year history — Gosch is leading Hy-Vee’s expansion into new states and continues to focus on Hy-Vee’s national growth strategy, as well as build national awareness of the company’s growing digital presence.