Meijer President Earns New Role

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -

A grocery chain with a major presence in Indiana will soon have a new chief executive officer. Michigan-based Meijer Inc. says Rick Keyes, who currently serves as the company's president, will add the title of CEO beginning January 1.

Keyes succeeds Hank Meijer, who will become executive chairman of the Meijer board of directors. The company says the decision was made based on "the company's desire to align the roles more accurately with current responsibilities."

"We have witnessed Rick’s deep understanding and appreciation of our culture and his passion for the people who make Meijer a great company," said Hank Meijer. "His accomplishments throughout a 27-year career – and his leadership as President for more than a year now – give us tremendous confidence in the future as he assumes a new title that better reflects his responsibilities."

Meijer says he will work closely with Keyes to develop and execute the company's strategies. Meijer operates more than 35 stores throughout Indiana.

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