As a handful of retail industry veterans ramp up for the next steps in their career, Hy-Vee is welcoming a revamped leadership team. For one, the company recently announced that longtime Hy-Vee executive Jay Marshall is being promoted to the position of Vice Chairman, an exciting move after a 38-year career with the grocery chain.
In addition, Craig Clasen, Senior Vice President of Retail Business Development, and Brett Bremser, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, both retired on January 1, 2020. The current Executive Vice President, Darren Baty, will take on the role of CMO.
In his new role as Vice Chairman, Marshall will continue to oversee the operations of Hy-Vee’s supply chain and subsidiaries and assist Chairman, CEO, and President Randy Edeker, alongside Hy-Vee’s Board of Directors, with leading the company through today’s rapidly changing retail climate, according to a press release. Marshall first joined Hy-Vee in 1982. He then went on to work in a variety of leadership roles at both the store and corporate level, including Executive Vice President, Co-Chief Operating Officer, and President.
“While Jay will oversee key areas of our company, he will also work on the larger challenges facing the retail industry today,” Edeker said. “Jay has worked in and led virtually every area of Hy-Vee throughout his career, and he is a great and trusted leader. I am confident that he will do an excellent job in this new role.”
As Marshall takes on his new role, Hy-Vee’s Executive Vice President Jeremy Gosch will continue to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Outgoing Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Bremser, also has had a long history with Hy-Vee. Bremser started with the grocer in 1981 as a part-time clerk. He then went on to spend 35 years with Hy-Vee in a variety of management and leadership positions, including Store Director; Company Officer; Assistant Vice President, Advertising; Vice President, Center Store; Senior Vice President, Merchandising; Senior Vice President, Western Region; Executive Vice President, Western Region; and Executive Vice President, Perishables.
“To say that Brett has been an integral part of our company is an understatement,” Edeker continued. “Brett is one of the hardest working and most dedicated people Hy-Vee has ever seen. I wish. Brett and his family all the best in his retirement.”
As the new Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Darren Baty will oversee merchandising as well as other areas of the company, such as health and beauty, floral, procurement, and advertising.
Clasen, who also retired on January 1, oversaw several vendor and supplier relationships and helped vet new, innovative products and companies during his tenure as Senior Vice President of Retail Business Development.
Congratulations to all of these retail industry leaders on the next steps in their careers and journeys!