Experts : Executives

Jason Buechel

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer for Whole Foods Market, Jason Buechel is responsible for retail and store operations for the company’s 497+ locations across the U.S., Canada and U.K., in addition to supply chain/distribution, retail operational support, technology and human resources/team member services. He was named COO in 2019.

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.

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk

Chief Marketing 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 Officer, Oblisk leads marketing, consumer insights, and corporate communications for the company as well as oversees the Prime Member programs at Whole Foods Market.

A.C. Gallo

President & Chief Merchandising Officer

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.

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 close to 500 stores and 89,000 Team Members across the U.S., Canada and U.K

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.

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.

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.