Ken Koester

Ken Koester

Financial Leadership

Finance, Warehouse, Retail Operations & Logistics

Ken Koester brings over 30 years of experience in the retail industry as a senior financial and operations executive with extensive experience in P&L management, strategic planning and positioning, acquisitions and operations. Ken served as the president and Chief Executive Officer of Certified Grocers Midwest, Inc., a cooperative wholesaler founded in 1940 which represented 225 stores and generated $700 million in revenue for the six years prior to its merger with Central Grocers, Inc. Currently, he serves in a sales and marketing capacity with Central Grocers, Inc.

Ken Koester’s previous positions have included vice president of the $2 billion mass merchandiser Caldor Corporation, interim CFO for the $2.5 billion discount chain operation Hills Department Store, and CFO of a $400 million drug store chain. Prior to joining Certified Grocers, Ken was the senior VP and CFO of a medical rental and distribution company that successfully completed a financial restructuring.