The Andreas School of Business is proud to welcome Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, to our campus on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Conscious capitalism is a philosophy that encourages organizations to adopt a more sustainable approach of being active collaborators within the environment it operates. While making money is essential for the vitality and sustainability of a business, it is not the only or even the most important reason a business exists. Conscious businesses focus on their purpose beyond profit.
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. In 2010, Robb was named Co-CEO along with John Mackey and joined the Whole Foods Market 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. Robb is on the Board of Directors for both the Whole Planet Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Whole Kids Foundation.
Whole Foods Market (WFM) is the world’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods and America’s first national “Certified Organic” grocer. With the motto “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet,” the company emphasizes its vision of being more than just a food retailer. Whole Foods Market has been a leader in numerous sustainability efforts with national and international impact.