AUSTIN, Texas (June 29, 2022) – Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market Chief Operating Officer and future CEO, recently participated as a keynote speaker at the WSJ Global Food Forum, a gathering of senior executives from across the food industry and agricultural sector, where he shared his personal connection to Whole Foods Market’s purpose and detailed the company’s commitment to setting sustainable and socially responsible standards for the products it sells. In a conversation with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Matt Murray, Buechel reaffirmed his passion for advancing Whole Foods Market’s 42-year legacy and revitalizing the company’s purpose to nourish people and the planet.
“We are looking to reconnect to many parts of our heritage as a company,” said Jason Buechel, Whole Foods Market Chief Operating Officer and future CEO. “One of my top goals is to reignite the connection to our higher Purpose, mission and core values with our Team Members.” Buechel continued: “For us, we’ve always been a purpose-driven organization and reconnecting to those roots, I think, is really important.”
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As COO, Buechel provides operational leadership to support Whole Foods Market’s 105,000 Team Members across more than 525 locations in 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 CEO – in September 2022, Buechel will assume the role of CEO. Buechel is a servant leader and champion of Whole Foods Market’s culture and values, making him well-positioned to lead the company into the future.
About Whole Foods Market
For more than 40 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first certified organic national grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 525 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit https://wmn-live.frb.io/.