Walter Robb

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Former Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market

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Walter Robb: Biography at a Glance

  • Walter Robb is the former Co-CEO of the Fortune 500 company Whole Foods Market, where he oversaw Operations, Purchasing, Marketing, Distribution, and Quality Standards. 
  • He sold his local grocery store to Whole Foods Market in 1991, joining the team as a local owner and operator before moving up the chain of command to President and Co-CEO, where he oversaw the operations of 6 of the 12 regions. 
  • In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. 
  • Robb was inducted into the World Retail Congress Hall of Fame, which honors retail’s most influential representatives whose ideas have shaped retailing through the businesses and brands they have created, or by their skills in running the retail industry’s giants.
  • He serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store, Union Square Hospitality Group, FoodMaven, and HeatGenie and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion.

 

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Biography

An investor, mentor, and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, the former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Walter Robb, has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 after selling his local grocery store to the company, joining the team as a local owner and operator before moving up the chain of command. He was named President and Co-CEO and joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Amazon acquired Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. 

Robb has now transitioned his leadership focus to mentoring and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs through the creation of Stonewall Robb Advisors. Robb brings his considerable experience and network to each new project, and organizations of all sizes can benefit from his passionate approach to leadership and purpose-driven business.

Robb was inducted into the World Retail Congress Hall of Fame, which honors retail’s most influential representatives whose ideas have shaped retailing through the businesses and brands they have created, or by their skills in running the retail industry’s giants.

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Leading with Purpose & Humanity
Conscious Capitalism
Building a Great and Enduring Brand
Corporate Culture
Great Customer Relationships
Building a More Human Organization
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Having worked with probably 100 paid speakers over the years, Walter was probably the best prepared speaker we have had and very engaged with our audience! Would recommend 100%.

ACG Philadelphia
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