INDIANAPOLIS – Randy Edeker, the man who saved Iowa Speedway and was responsible for making last weekend’s IndyCar race so successful, is retiring as the CEO of Hy-Vee. He will leave his position in October but will remain as Hy-Vee’s chairman of the board.
Just one week ago when IndyCar was at Iowa Speedway, Edeker had marshalled an impressive group of store managers and other employees who served as volunteers to accommodate the massive throng of fans that attended the IndyCar doubleheader at the seven-eighths mile short oval.
In addition to the Hy-Veedeals.com 250 on Saturday and the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 on Sunday, the race weekend also featured full-length concerts from Tim McGraw, Florida George Line, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton.
Hy-Vee is the largest employer in Iowa with more than 93,000 staff in 285 stores across the Midwest.
Aaron Wiese will become Hy-Vee CEO on October 1, according to a company news release.
Wiese has been with Hy-Vee since 1993, serving in various operations and leadership roles. By 2014, Weise had climbed the ranks of the corporation and was promoted to assistant vice president, vice president and then eventually president of Amber Specialty Pharmacy, where he oversaw business development within Hy-Vee’s health and wellness division.
He continued to move up within the company, first being promoted to executive vice president in December 2020 and eventually landing his current role in December 2021.
Under the new leadership structure, Edeker will continue to serve as Hy-Vee’s chairman of the board, a position he has held since June 2012, according to Bloomberg. Jeremy Gosch will also remain as president and chief operating officer of Hy-Vee, according to the release.
Edeker said the leadership change intends to help him focus on the company’s broader strategy and goals.
Hy-Vee has a four-year deal with IndyCar and Iowa Speedway.