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Walter Robb

Walter Robb

Whole Foods Market, Inc.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Emeryville, California

With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991. He opened and operated the Mill Valley, California, store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993. Under Robb, the region grew from two to 17 stores, including four acquisitions. Robb then became executive vice president of operations in 2000, chief operating officer in 2001 and co-president in 2004. Assuming the co-CEO role in 2010, Walter currently oversees six of Whole Foods Market’s 12 regions as well as purchasing, marketing, distribution, and quality standards and serves on the Whole Planet Foundation board of directors.

In addition, Robb served two years on the board of directors of the Organic Trade Association and currently serves on the advisory board of the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is on the board of regents for the University of the Pacific. In addition, he has also served as a board member of Potbelly Sandwich Works.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is a proud father and grandfather with two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

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