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. Upon the retirement of John Mackey – Whole Foods Market’s Co-Founder and current Chief Executive Officer – in September 2022, Buechel will assume the role. Jason is a true servant leader and champion of Whole Foods Market’s culture and values, and will lead the company into the future.

Buechel joined the company in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, overseeing all aspects of information technology and ushering in large-scale IT initiatives that played a critical role in the growth of the business. Prior to Whole Foods Market, Buechel served as the Managing Director/Partner within Accenture’s Retail Operations Practice, where he worked with leading retailers on strategic transformation.

Buechel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is an avid runner, hiker and traveler.