Board of Directors

The Whole Foods Market Board of Directors’ primary responsibility is to oversee the management of the business and ensure that the Company is acting in the best interest of shareholders. The Board plays an active role in driving the Company’s strategy and making key decisions that deliver shareholder value, all while staying true to the values, mission and culture that have shaped Whole Foods Market and remain instrumental to its future success. The Board is made up of 12 highly qualified individuals, 10 of whom are independent and all of whom have the diversity of experience and perspective to guide Whole Foods Market forward.

Board of Directors

Mary Ellen Coe , , , Vice President of Sales and Product Operations, Google

Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee: Mary Ellen Coe
Age: 48
Independent Director Since: 2016

Principal Occupation:
Vice President of Sales and Product Operations, Google

Qualifications:
Leadership
Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Finance

Prior Business Experience:
Principal, Leader of NA Consumer Marketing and Sales Practice, McKinsey & Company (2000 – 2012)

Current Public Company Board:
Director, Whole Foods Market

Education:
University of Michigan
MBA, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management

About Mary Ellen Coe:

Mary Ellen Coe has served as a director of the Company since November 2016, and brings deep experience in marketing, digital strategy and brand strategy to the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. A digital and marketing industry veteran, Ms. Coe has served as Vice President of Sales and Product Operations at Google since November 2012. During her tenure at Google, Ms. Coe successfully led her division through a series of strategic marketing investments and oversaw the launch of numerous key initiatives aimed at elevating Google’s digital experience, including marketing and digital programs that drove strong financial performance as well as improved customer satisfaction. Prior to Google, Ms. Coe was a Principal at McKinsey & Company and Leader of its North American Consumer Marketing and Sales Practice from 2000-2012. At McKinsey, Ms. Coe teamed with senior retail executives and their boards to improve business results by growing and enhancing brands, improving customer targeting, aligning purchasing and marketing efforts across stores and in digital, and supporting expansion and new partnership initiatives. Ms. Coe began her career at Haworth Inc. in 1989 and later spent four years at Leo Burnett and two years at St. James Associates. Ms. Coe earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Shahid (Hass) Hassan , , , General Partner, Greenmont Capital

Chair of the Compensation Committee: Shahid (Hass) Hassan
Age: 68
Independent Director Since: 2005
Chair of the Compensation Committee: 2017

Principal Occupation:
General Partner, Greenmont Capital

Qualifications:
Leadership
Entrepreneurship
Grocery / Food / Hospitality
Industry / Operations
Finance
Risk Assessment

Prior Business Experience:
Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Alfalfa’s Market (1979 – 1996)
President, Wild Oats Marketplace (1996 – 1999)
Founder, Executive Chairman, Fresh & Wild, ltd. (1999 – 2004)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market

Additional Experience:
Lead director, Madhava Honey Ltd.
Director, OrganicToGo
Director, Justin’s Nut Butter
Director, Pangea Organics

Education:
King's College, London

About Shahid (Hass) Hassan:

Shahid (Hass) Hassan has served as a director of the Company since 2005. Mr. Hassan has been a General Partner of Greenmont Capital, an investment firm, since 2006. Mr. Hassan was a co-founder, President and CEO of Alfalfa’s Market and President of Wild Oats Marketplace. In 1999, Mr. Hassan founded Fresh & Wild, Ltd., an organic food retailer in the United Kingdom. Mr. Hassan served as President and Executive Chairman of Fresh & Wild from 1999 until 2004, when it was acquired by the Company. Mr. Hassan has over 35 years of experience in the retail grocery business in both public company and private company settings.

Ken Hicks , , , Former Chairman, President & CEO, Foot Locker (2009 – 2014)

Independent Director: Ken Hicks
Age: 64
Independent Director Since: 2005

Principal Occupation:
Former Chairman, President & CEO, Foot Locker (2009 – 2014)

Qualifications:
Leadership
Industry / Operations
Finance

Prior Business Experience:
Chairman, President & CEO, Foot Locker (2009 – 2014)
President and Chief Merchandising Officer, JCPenney (2005 – 2009)
President, Payless Shoe Source (1999 - 2005)
Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Home Shopping Network (1998 – 1999)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Avery Dennison Corporation

Past Public Company Boards:
Executive Chairman, Foot Locker

Additional Experience:
Director, Payless ShoeSource

Education:
United States Military Academy
MBA, Harvard Business School

About Ken Hicks:

Ken Hicks is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker and has served in leadership positions at several major retail companies, including J.C. Penney, Payless ShoeSource, Home Shopping Network and May Department Stores. Mr. Hicks is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corporation since 2007. Mr. Hicks brings to the Board over 29 years of senior marketing and operational experience in the retail industry.

Stephanie Kugelman , , , Principal, A Second Opinion

Independent Director: Stephanie Kugelman
Age: 69
Director Since: 2008

Principal Occupation:
Principal, A Second Opinion

Qualifications:
Leadership
Risk Assessment
Investor
Marketing

Prior Business Experience:
Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer, Young & Rubicam Brands (1971 – 2007)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, HSNi

Additional Experience:
Vice Chairman, Solera Capital
Director, Safe Horizon

Education:
Elmira College

About Stephanie Kugelman:

Stephanie Kugelman has served as a director of the Company since November 2008. Ms. Kugelman serves as a principal of A.S.O., A Second Opinion, a strategy and branding consultancy she founded in 2007, and since January 2015 as Vice Chairman at Solera Capital, a private equity firm. She was previously Vice Chairman and Chief Strategic Officer of Young & Rubicam Brands, a worldwide marketing communications company, where she held positions of increasing responsibility commencing in 1971. Ms. Kugelman also serves on the board of directors of HSNi.

John Mackey , , , Co-Founder, CEO and Director, Whole Foods Market

Director: John Mackey
Age: 63
Director Since: 1978

Principal Occupation:
Co-Founder, CEO and Director, Whole Foods Market

Qualifications:
Leadership
Entrepreneurship
Grocery / Food / Hospitality
Industry / Operations

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Gaia, Inc.

Additional Experience:
Author, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity
Author, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
Advisory Board Member, Satori Capital LLC
Director, The Motley Fool
Barron’s Top 30 CEOs (2007)
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2003)

Education
Bentley College

About John Mackey:

John Mackey, co-founder of the Company, has served as Chief Executive Officer since January 2017. He was Co-Chief Executive Officer from May 2010 to December 2016, was Chief Executive Officer from 1978 to May 2010 and was President from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Mackey has served as a director of the Company since 1978 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1978 through December 2009.

Joe Mansueto , , , Founder and Executive Chairman, Morningstar

Independent Director: Joe Mansueto
Age: 60
Independent Director Since: 2017

Principal Occupation:
Founder and Executive Chairman, Morningstar

Qualifications:
Leadership
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Investor

Prior Business Experience:
CEO, Morningstar (1984 – 1996, 2000 –2016)

Current Public Company Boards:
Whole Foods Market
Morningstar

Past Public Company Boards:
TransUnion Corp.

Additional Experience:
Member of the Advisory Board, HighBeam Research Inc.

Education:
University of Chicago
MBA, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

About Joe Mansueto:

Joe Mansueto is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Morningstar, a global organization that is one of the most recognized and trusted names in the investment industry with more than $200 billion in assets under management, and valued at more than $3 billion. InvestmentNews named Mr. Mansueto to its list of 20 Icons & Innovators in 2016, MutualFundWire recognized him as one of the 10 most influential individuals in the mutual fund industry in 2015 and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business awarded him with the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award in 2000. Before founding Morningstar, Mr. Mansueto was a securities analyst at Harris Associates. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously served as a Director of TransUnion Corp. Mr. Mansueto is widely recognized for his accomplishments and leadership in business and finance.

Sharon McCollam , , , Former Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Best Buy (2012 – 2016)

Independent Director: Sharon McCollam
Age: 53
Independent Director Since: 2017

Principal Occupation:
Former Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Best Buy (2012 – 2016)

Qualifications:
Leadership
Grocery / Food / Hospitality
Finance
Industry / Operations
Technology

Prior Business Experience:
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer, Best Buy (2012 – 2016)
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Best Buy Co., Inc. (2012 – 2016)
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Williams-Sonoma Inc. (2003 – 2012)
Chief Financial Officer, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. (1996 – 2000)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Past Public Company Boards:
Director, Williams-Sonoma
Director, OfficeMax Inc.
Director, Del Monte Corporation

Additional Experience:
Director, Stitch Fix
Director, Art.com
Director, Sutter Health

Education:
University of Central Oklahoma

About Sharon McCollam:

Sharon McCollam is the former Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy, a position she held from 2012 to 2017. Prior to joining Best Buy, Ms. McCollam served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. from 2000 to 2012 and in 2010 was appointed to the Board of Directors, and Chief Financial Officer of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. from 1996 to 2000. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Stitch Fix, Art.com, and Sutter Health. Ms. McCollam previously served on the Boards of Directors for Williams-Sonoma, Del Monte Foods and OfficeMax Incorporated. Ms. McCollam received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. McCollam brings to the board nearly two decades of experience as a senior leader in the retail and e-commerce sectors.

Scott Powers , , , Former President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors (2008 – 2015)

Independent Director: Scott Powers
Age: 58
Independent Director Since: 2017

Principal Occupation:
Former President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors (2008 – 2015)

Qualifications:
Compliance
Finance
Investor
Leadership
Risk Assessment

Prior Business Experience:
President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors (2008 – 2015)
President and CEO, Old Mutual Asset Management (2006 – 2008)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Sun Life Financial Inc.
Director, PulteGroup

Additional Experience:
Member, Systemic Risk Council
Advisory Board Member, U.S. Institute of Institutional Investors

Education:
Harvard College

About Scott Powers:

Scott Powers held leadership positions at State Street Corporation from 2008 to 2015, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of State Street, and President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors. Mr. Powers has extensive experience in other executive positions, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual USA and Old Mutual Asset Management from 2001 to 2008. He also served in executive positions at Mellon Financial Corporation and Boston Asset Management. Mr. Powers is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial, Inc., where he serves on the Governance, Nomination & Investment Committee and the Management Resources Committee. Mr. Powers is also a member of the Board of Directors of The PulteGroup, where he serves as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard College. Mr. Powers brings a valuable shareholder perspective to the Board and more than three decades of executive experience in the financial services industry.

Walter Robb , , , Director, Whole Foods Market

Independent Director: Walter Robb
Age: 63
Director Since: 2010

Principal Occupation:
Director, Whole Foods Market

Qualifications:
Leadership
Finance
Risk Assessment
Grocery / Food / Hospitality
Industry / Operations
Investor

Prior Business Experience:
Co-President & Co-Chief Operating Officer, Whole Foods Market (2004 - 2010)
Chief Operating Officer, Whole Foods Market (2001 – 2004)
Executive VP, Whole Foods Market (2000 – 2001)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Container Store Group

Additional Experience:
Board Member, Retail Industry Leadership Association
Chairman, Whole Kids Foundation
Chairman, Whole Cities Foundation

Education:

Stanford University

About Walter Robb:

Walter Robb served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company from May 2010 to December 2016. Mr. Robb also served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to May 2010, as Chief Operating Officer from 2001 to 2004, and as Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Robb joined the Company in 1991 and previously served as Store Team Leader and President of the Northern California Region. On November 2, 2016, the Company announced that Mr. Robb would resign as Co-Chief Executive Officer effective as of December 31, 2016, and that he would continue to serve as a senior advisor to the Company from January 1, 2017 to September 24, 2017. Mr. Robb has served as a director of the Company since May 2010. Mr. Robb also serves on the board of directors of The Container Store.

Ron Shaich , , , Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, CEO and President, Panera Bread Company

Independent Director: Ron Shaich
Age: 62
Independent Director Since: 2017

Principal Occupation:
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, CEO and President, Panera Bread Company

Qualifications:
Entrepreneurship
Grocery / Food / Hospitality
Industry / Operations
Leadership

Prior Business Experience:
Founder, Chairman and CEO, AU Bon Pain Co. Inc. (1981 – 1999)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, Panera Bread Company

Past Public Company Boards:
Director, Au Bon Pain Co. Inc.

Additional Experience:
Former Trustee, Clark University
Former Board Member, Rashi School

Education:
Harvard Business School
Clark University

About Ron Shaich:

Ron Shaich is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Panera Bread Company. Mr. Shaich is also the Founder of Au Bon Pain, which established the bakery-cafe segment. Mr. Shaich was named the second most influential leader in the restaurant industry by Nation's Restaurant News in its 2017 Power List. He also received the Nation’s Restaurant News 2011 Pioneer Award for being one of the most significant contributors to the history of the restaurant industry. Mr. Shaich received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Clark University. Mr. Shaich brings to the Board over 35 years of CEO experience and has a proven track record building companies.

Jonathan A. Seiffer , , , Senior Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

Independent Director: Jonathan A. Seiffer
Age: 45
Independent Director Since: 2008

Principal Occupation:
Senior Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

Qualifications:
Finance
Investor
Technology
Entrepreneurship

Prior Business Experience:
Vice President. Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (1997 – 1999)

Current Public Company Boards:
Director, Whole Foods Market
Director, BJ's Wholesale Club

Past Public Company Boards:
Director, Big 5 Sporting Goods

Additional Experience:
Director, Aersale
Director, Arrow Storage Products Inc.
Director, Varsity Brands, Inc.
Director, Ralco Holdings, Inc.
Director, Authentic Brands Group

Education:
University of Pennsylvania

About Jonathan A. Seiffer:

Jonathan Seiffer has served as a director of the Company since December 2008. He is a Senior Partner of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and joined Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in 1994. Mr. Seiffer has over 20 years of experience in investment banking and private equity.

Gabrielle Sulzberger , , Chair of the Board , , Principal, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP

Chair: Gabrielle Sulzberger
Age: 56
Independent Director Since: 2003

Principal Occupation:
Principal, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP

Qualifications:
Leadership
Finance
Risk Assessment

Prior Business Experience:
Chief Financial Officer, Villanueva Companies (2002 – 2005)
Chief Financial Officer, Crown Services (2002)

Current Public Company Boards:
Chair, Whole Foods Market
Director, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Past Public Company Boards:
Director, Stage Stores, Inc.

Additional Experience:
Director, Brixmor Property Group Inc.
Trustee, Ford Foundation
Advisory Board, Chela Financial Services

Education:
Princeton University
MBA, Harvard Business School
JD, Harvard Law School

About Gabrielle Sulzberger:

Gabrielle Sulzberger has served as a director of the Company since 2003. Ms. Sulzberger has served as a Principal of a diversified investment fund, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP, since its inception in October 2005. In addition, Ms. Sulzberger served as Chief Financial Officer of the Villanueva Companies, a private holding company with diverse investment interests, from 2002 through 2005. Ms. Sulzberger also serves on the boards of directors of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Brixmor Property Group Inc. Ms. Sulzberger served on the board of directors of Stage Stores, Inc. until June 2015.

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