A Conversation with Whole Foods Market Co-CEO Walter Robb
Whole Foods Market has been named to every one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® lists that has been published.
Known for its commitment to natural foods and products, outstanding treatment of Team Members (as employees are called), and phenomenal philanthropic programs, Whole Foods operates over 350 stores in four countries. The company is currently in a period of tremendous growth, with leases signed to open 90 new stores over the next four years. In May 2013, Great Place to Work® Senior Consultant Tony Bond conducted an interview with Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, onsite at the company’s Austin, TX headquarters. The conversation was a part of the Spring Executive Strategy Network meeting, where leaders from recognized FORTUNE Best Companies came together to learn from fellow outstanding workplace leaders. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation, focusing on Robb’s views on leadership, empowerment, and sustaining culture during this outstanding growth period.