Board of Directors
Dr. John B. Elstrott
Dr. John B. Elstrott, Chairman of the Board, has served as a director of the Company since 1995. Dr. Elstrott is the Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Tulane. In addition, he was recently awarded the 2013 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
John P. Mackey, co-founder of the Company, has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1980. Mr. Mackey also served as President from June 2001 to October 2004, and as Chairman of the Board from 1978 to December 2009.
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, joined Whole Foods Market in 1991. He operated the Mill Valley, CA store until he became president of the Northern Pacific Region in 1993, where he grew the region from two to 17 stores. He became Executive Vice-President of Operations in 2000, Chief Operating Officer in 2001 and Co-President in 2004. Now as Co-CEO, Robb oversees six regions and is on the Whole Planet Foundation Board of Directors. An avid organic advocate, Robb is on the Advisory Board for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion. He is also on the Board of Regents for the University of the Pacific.
Gabrielle Sulzberger has served as a director of the Company since 2003. Mrs. Sulzberger has served as a Principal of a diversified investment fund, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP, since its inception in October 2005. In addition, Mrs. Sulzberger served as Chief Financial Officer of the Villanueva Companies, a private holding company with diverse investment interests from 2002 through 2005. Mrs. Sulzberger also serves on the board of directors of Bright Horizons Family Solutions.
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 founded Fresh & Wild, Ltd., an organic food retailer in the United Kingdom in 1999. Mr. Hassan served as President and Executive Chairman of Fresh & Wild from 1999 until 2004, when the company was acquired by Whole Foods Market.
Stephanie Kugelman has served as a director of the Company since December 2008. She is the recently retired Vice Chairman, Chief Strategic Officer of Young & Rubicam Brands, a worldwide marketing communications company, where she held positions of increasing responsibility commencing in 1971. Since 2006, Ms. Kugelman has been the founder and Chairman of A.S.O., A Second Opinion, a strategy and branding consultancy. She serves on the board of directors of Home Shopping Network.
Jonathan A. Seiffer
Jonathan A. Seiffer has been a Partner of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. since 1999 and joined Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in 1994. Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. is an affiliate of Green Equity Investors V, L.P.
Morris J. Siegel has served as a director of the Company since 2003. Mr. Siegel is currently self-employed, having operated Capitol Peaks, an investment firm, since 2002. Mr. Siegel was the co-founder of Celestial Seasonings, Inc., serving as Chairman and CEO from 1970 until 2002. Celestial Seasonings merged with The Hain Food Group, forming The Hain Celestial Group of which Mr. Siegel served as Vice Chairman from 2000 until retiring in 2002.
Jonathan D. Sokoloff
Jonathan D. Sokoloff has been a Managing Partner of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. since 1994 and joined Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in 1990. Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. is an affiliate of Green Equity Investors V, L.P. Mr. Sokoloff is also a director of Rite Aid Corporation.
Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson
Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson has served as a director of the Company since 1994. Dr. Sorenson is the Managing Partner of the Sorenson Limited Partnership, a venture investment partnership. Dr. Sorenson is President Emeritus of Babson College (1974-1981), Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the University of Colorado, College of Business Administration (1992-present), and former Chairman and CEO of Barry Wright Corporation, a NYSE company (1981-1989). Dr. Sorenson is also a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and has served in the past on the boards of directors of a number of other prominent public companies.
William A. (Kip) Tindell, III
William A. (Kip) Tindell, III has served as a director of the Company since December 2008. He co-founded The Container Store in 1978 and currently serves as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. Tindell serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation (NRF), Conscious Capitalism, Inc., and Baylor Healthcare Systems Foundation. He is also a member of the Dallas Arboretum CEO Advisory Council.