Walter Robb

Co-Chief Executive Officer

With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb, co-CEO, joined Whole Foods Market in 1991. He operated the Mill Valley, California, store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993, which he grew from two to 17 stores. He became executive vice president of operations in 2000, chief operating officer in 2001 and co-president in 2004.  In 2010, Robb was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market board of directors.

He is on the board of directors for both Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association and serves as chairman of the board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. 

Robb is an ardent organic advocate; he works his own organic garden and has served on the board of directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is a proud father and grandfather with two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.

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