John Mackey

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has built the natural and organic grocer from a single store in Austin, Texas in 1978, into a Fortune 500 company, which went public in 1992, and was purchased by Amazon in 2017. Today Whole Foods Market is a top U.S. supermarket with more than 500 … Continued

A.C. Gallo


At an early age, A.C. Gallo was taught to appreciate food and the art of food presentation. His parents owned a top-rated restaurant and his grandparents owned a fruit stand in the Bronx and later started an Italian specialty grocery store and wholesale produce business. Gallo began stocking shelves at Bread & Circus in 1977 … Continued

Christina Minardi

Executive Vice President, Operations

In her role as Executive Vice President of Operations, Christina Minardi leverages her industry expertise to lead Amazon integration, support real estate strategy, drive culinary innovation, re-imagine the customer experience and grow e-commerce initiatives for Whole Foods Market. Her connection to food began as a child at Minardi’s Bakery of Paterson, New Jersey; the family-owned … Continued


Glenda Flanagan

Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor

Glenda Flanagan is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor of Whole Foods Market.  She joined the company in 1988 as CFO and remained in that position for over 28 years until May 2017, when she transitioned to her current role. During her tenure she has supported the company’s growth from six stores in the late … Continued

Jason Buechel

Jason Buechel

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Jason Buechel provides operational leadership over Whole Foods Market’s 525+ locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, Buechel oversees the company’s technology, supply chain and distribution, cross-functional business integration and Team Member Services (HR) functions. Buechel joined the company in 2013 as Executive Vice President and … Continued

Jim Sud

Executive Vice President, Growth and Business Development

Jim Sud is the Executive Vice President of Growth and Business Development at Whole Foods Market.  A member of the company’s Executive Team, his responsibilities include areas related to company growth, including real estate and business development opportunities. A founding shareholder of Whole Foods Market, Sud also served on the company’s board of directors from … Continued

Keith Manbeck

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer

As CFO and CAO for Whole Foods Market Keith Manbeck oversees many functions of the business, including finance and accounting, legal, risk & compliance, as well as Amazon integration. Prior to joining Whole Foods Market in 2017, Manbeck spent 25 years gaining leadership experience at companies including PepsiCo and Nike. At PepsiCo he rose through … Continued

Rob Twyman

Rob Twyman

Executive Vice President, Operations

Rob Twyman is Executive Vice President of Operations at Whole Foods Market. In this role, Rob is focused on various aspects of the company’s operations, including retail and store operations, business support capabilities and ensuring strategic alignment across the company. Since joining Whole Foods Market more than 25 years ago as a Prepared Foods Team … Continued

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk is a seasoned business leader with nearly 20 years of experience in retail & consumer goods marketing and brand management. As Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Sonya leads marketing, consumer insights, and corporate communications for the company as well as oversees the Prime Member programs at Whole Foods Market.  Sonya is passionate … Continued