Experts : Executives

Jason Buechel

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, he oversees the global technology team in Austin, Texas and the company’s twelve regional offices located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Glenda Flanagan

Senior Advisor

Since joining Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) as Chief Financial Officer in 1988, Glenda Flanagan has played a major role in the development of the company, which went public in 1992 and has grown from six stores in the late 1980s, to 450 stores and more than $15 billion in sales today.

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk

Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk is a seasoned marketing leader with more than 15 years of experience in retail, consumer products and affinity marketing. As Global Vice President of Marketing, Oblisk leads Whole Foods Market’s marketing, advertising and brand development efforts, including digital, social media and consumer relationship strategies.

A.C. Gallo

President and Chief Operating Officer

At an early age, A.C. Gallo was taught to appreciate food and the art of food presentation.

David Lannon

Executive Vice President of Operations, U.S. and Whole Foods 365

As executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, David Lannon oversees regional operations, the global communications team, and Whole Foods 365.

John Mackey

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries.

Keith Manbeck

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Keith Manbeck is a financial executive with over 20 years of progressive financial leadership experience with marquee companies. He has extensive experience in Consumer Package goods as well as growing direct to consumer brands and businesses.

Ken Meyer

Executive Vice President of Operations, U.S. and the U.K.

As executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, Ken Meyer oversees day-to-day operations, development, design and innovation at existing stores, and for stores in the company’s development pipeline in the U.S. and the U.K. He also oversees the global culinary and hospitality team and the global supply chain and retail operations support team.

Christina Minardi

Executive Vice President, Operations

In her role, Christina Minardi is a member of the executive leadership team and oversees four of the company’s 12 regions, which includes more than 180 stores spanning the eastern seaboard.  She is also responsible for co-leading Amazon integration, supporting real estate strategy, driving culinary innovation within prepared foods and in-store venues, re-imagining the customer experience and growing e-commerce initiatives, among other critical store and regional programs.

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.  As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, his responsibilities include all areas related to company growth, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and business development opportunities.