Skip to comments.Whole Foods CEO Steps Down from Position
Posted on 12/27/2009 3:22:53 PM PST by FromLori
The CEO for Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is relinquishing his chairman title. John Mackey is not only the CEO but also the co-founder of this company. He also held the title of chairman since 1978.
After much petitioning by some of the shareholders, Mackey decided to voluntarily give up the title of "chairman" in an effort to keep peace and to appease the activist group. Taking his place will be John Elstrott, the current lead director. When Elstrott takes over as chairman, his previous position will be discontinued. Mackey will continue to be the company's CEO.
One reason for the group's disapproval of Mackey holding both positions is due to his editorial opposing Obama's proposed health care reform. Shareholders expressed belief that this decision inevitably damaged the company's reputation. The activist group believes Mackey misused the company in an effort to advance his personal political views.
Well guess what....no more shopping at Whole Foods for us! Don’t shop at commie whore stores.
Related story the liberals whined until this guy got asked to step down
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Yes and do you know more people were going to shop there because of his stance well now kiss us goodbye!
I called their headquarters and left a message.
Said I was disgusted that they would be bowing to union agitators. Said I was sorry that free speech was dead in America.
Well, isn't that sweet. I bought one of my kids a Whole Foods gift certificate for Christmas. I guess I won't be doing that again!
That is a great idea I am going to do the same thing.
And what are these 'noble', good for nothing, activists doing?!
It's his freaking company you dumb*sses! Of course, what would a bunch of life long, sorry *ss activists know about running a business or how it began?!
Whole Foods wants to appease some communist scumbags?
Nah, that’s not a place I will take my business to anymore.
Buh-bye, Whole Foods.
God forbid that he out himself as a libertarian. The nerve of that guy!
“steps down as chairman” is really a nothing news story. He is still the CEO.
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
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I wonder what their reaction would have been if he wrote an editorial coming out in favor of Obama’s health care “reform”.
This is nothing new. When Unions come to a little power; they do this.
When I saw this information a few days ago their voicemail was taking messages.
Most likely if you call during their business hours you might get someone to speak with you.
I called once before when they were being assailed for carrying products from Israel.
Obama’s tax increases are going to hit the customers of Whole Foods really hard; and a lot of them will be forced to shop somewhere else.
If you mean self-employed middle class folks like me who are not wealthy but enjoy good food, like to cook and are willing to pay a little more for quality, yes, it will hurt us.
The ultra rich like Obama and Gore and virtually everybody in Congress don’t shop or cook for themselves anyway.
Yes. What nerve having an opinion and expressing it.
Guess that was another little know bill past in the wee dark hours of the night.
Hear ye! Hear ye! You can not have an opinion contrary to the one we give you.
To hell in a hand-basket I’d say. Liberals and unions and activists leading the way. Following the Community Organizer of course.
That is true. It takes your company away from you.
You can call or email, but I doubt it will work. I have shopped at Whole Foods for 27 years and owned stick since they went public and I trust their decisions.
Mackey decided to voluntarily give up the title of “chairman” in an effort to keep peace and to appease the activist group”
What a shame. Trying to APPEASE an activist group. That means he just gave into them...
Somehow this doesn't surprise me.
Another example of the Left’s love of free speech.
CtW Investment Group, a shareholder activist group that works with union pension funds
Founded in February 2006, the CtW Investment Group works with pension funds sponsored by unions affiliated with Change to Win, a federation of unions representing nearly 6 million members, to enhance long-term shareholder returns through active ownership. Members of CtW affiliates participate in Taft-Hartley plans with an estimated $217 billion in assets.
Change to Win
Five unions and 5.5 million workers united in Change to Win to build a new movement of working people equipped to meet the challenges of the global economy and restore the American Dream in the 21st century: a paycheck that can support a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement and dignity on the job.
Change to Win consists of five affiliated unions. These are:
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
Our mission is to unite the 50 million workers in Change to Win affiliate industries whose jobs cannot be outsourced and who are vital to the global economy. We seek to secure the American Dream for them, and for all working people, including:
A paycheck that supports a family
Universal health care
A secure retirement
The freedom to form a union to give workers a voice on the job
Chair, Change to Win
International Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union
International President, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
James P. Hoffa
General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Secretary-Treasurer, Change to Win
International Vice President, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Terence M. O’Sullivan
General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America
Arturo S. Rodriguez
President, United Farm Workers of America
Andrew L. Stern
International President, Service Employees International Union
Executive Director, Change to Win
Director, Strategic Organizing Center
Apr 16, 2007 ... JOHN EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES CHRIS CHAFE AS SENIOR ADVISOR
Woodruff continues to split his time as International Executive Vice President of SEIU and as a chief architect for Change to Win
SEIU looks a little top heavy...
» President Andrew L. Stern
» Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger
» Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina
» Executive Vice President Tom Woodruff
» Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry
» Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson
» Executive Vice President Dave Regan
» Executive Vice President Mitch Ackerman
» Executive Vice President Bruce Raynor
4 am reminder call to A’hole foods ... ;-)
I used to work half a block from a whole foods, and everytime I'd go in I got the feeling I had been channeled to Berkeley. You could literally taste the leftitude of the 'elite' clientele.
I began shopping at Whole Foods when Whole Foods only had one store on the planet and mist if the staff knew me by name.
In the the time since, it would appear that Whole Foods has made good decisions.
Too bad he was one of the good guys. I was just in Whole Foods the other day and i was impressed by their operation.
This is the world of 0bama, where dissent is soon to be outlawed.
God help us. All the guy did was to propose a possible health care plan that would work! But since it differed from that of 0, the repulsive libs ran him out of town. Unbelievable!
If you think that bowing to union pressure is a “good decision”, may I suggest that you’re on the wrong internet forum? The CEO built Whole Foods from the beginning. He was involved in every “good decision” that made them a nationwide chain.
You should always buy cooking oil in a natural food store. Spectrum is a good brand. Supermarket cooking oil is solvent extracted except for olive oil. They use oil based solvents to get the last bit of oil out of corn, soy, rape seed, safflower etc. Spectrum uses zero solvents to extract its cooking oils.
Whole Foods is a rip off. We have an independent here with one large store and he undercuts them on everything. Plus he has a much better vitamin & supplement section. Unfortunately he is a bit further than Whole Foods... ... But I patronize him before Whole Foods
How does a guy with one store sell cheaper than WF?
Because WF sucks!
Well, we may have the first Palin Cabinet nominee.
This is just plain diddlypoop.
In our local Whole Foods, the whole healthcare flap did NOTHING to diminish business! The parking lot and the store were just as full of customers as usual. (The cars in the parking lot even still included those with obama bumper stickers—may God illumine these deluded people!) The only difference is that the employees were extra nice to us for awhile, and there were more samples.
So, at least at the local level, Mackey’s statement against Deathcare did not materially damage the company’s reputation. And I live in a deep blue state. So the radical-liberals are lying and scheming again, as usual.
My experience of shopping at Whole Foods (which I do weekly) is different from what you might expect. There are many Orthodox Christians, some of whom I know, and others whom I have met there. We’re shopping for fasting foods, among other things. I imagine that there are Jews looking for kosher food, too.
Whole Foods is all about health—physical—and for Orthodox Christians—spiritual as well. The vile, anti-human commuNazi Deathcare is about physical and spiritual death! So it’s right for the CEO of Whole Foods to oppose obama, his anti-human czars (commisars, really), and their satanic “health” care measures.
Next they will remove him from his CEO position. You oppose the left at your peril. They play for keeps and don’t tolerate opposition.
How about coconut oil?
Business is business. The stockholders run the show. End of story.
Fine I will take my business elsewhere they can run it into the ground for all I care.
Ridiculous. This guy FOUNDED the company, expressed his opinion, and is run out on a rail.
Frankly, I think we ought to buy stock in Whole Foods and then demand he be RE-INSTATED.
Once he sold a lot of shares to the public, it was no longer “his”.
Please see my post #38, for my experience in shopping at Whole Foods.
I guess I consider the obvious leftists part of the background, and don’t notice them as much as my fellow Orthodox Christians, and the food itself.
I do, however, notice those reusable bags designed by toilet-paper queen Cheryl Crow, and refuse to buy or use them. I have another design of Whole Foods bag that I fill up with vegetables I get from another (and cheaper) store.
My two cents: dont negotiate with terrorists.
LOL! I'd like that!
It seems coconut oil is extracted without petroleum solvents. But I’d check to be sure the mfg website to be sure
A really good oil is plain old cod liver oil. A tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach. Must be empty stomach and the good part of the cod liver oil will go where it is needed. If you are serious about Vitamin D3 5000 units then take K2 also. NOW brand makes them both and NOW is always ethical inexpensive and reliable. NOW HQ is in Indiana IIRC
Mackey appeared for the full hour on John Stossel’s new show a week or so ago, and did a pretty good job defending himself. The audience was half conservative/libertarian (nicely dressed, polite, articulate) and half loon (liberal, angry, unkempt, sour).
He will remain as CEO, which is what counts, I suppose. I wonder if this ceremonial stepping down from ‘chairman’ is to prevent the shareholders from ousting him from CEO as well?
I shop at WF once in a while, but being among that many leftists (especially if I’ve just gotten out of work and am in shirt and tie) just creeps me out.
Yeah. He wouldn’t be the only founder to lose his own company, but it’s certainly strange that this one seems to be motivated entirely by Obama politics.