Rick Keyes is the president and CEO of Meijer, the family-owned and privately-held Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer that operates over 260 super centers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
A 34-year Meijer veteran, Keyes was appointed president in October 2015 and named the first non-Meijer-family-member CEO in January 2017. He began his career in store operations, holding several executive positions prior to being promoted to executive vice president of supply chain and manufacturing. Keyes is the 11th president in the history of the company. which employs more than 70,000 team members across the Midwest.
As president and CEO, Keyes oversees all day-to-day operations and works closely with Executive Chairman Hank Meijer in developing and executing growth strategies. These strategies include a strong focus on enhancing the customer experience, driving team member engagement, and maintaining a competitive focus while staying true to the Meijer values.
Keyes received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, where he now serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. In addition, he is actively involved with and serving on several boards, which include National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Business Leaders for Michigan, FMI Foundation Board of Trustees, Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council, TalentFirst and The Right Place.
Leadership and Strategy Panel
Tuesday, March 26
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Moderator: Dr. Russell Zwanka, Director of Food Marketing Program, Western Michigan University
- Rick Keyes, President and CEO, Meijer
- Anthony Kyles, Vice President of National Accounts, PepsiCo
- Dave Peacock, CEO, Advantage Solutions