John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs
John Mackey and Walter Robb have served as co-CEOs at health food store mega-chain Whole Foods Market since May of 2010.
When announcing the addition of Robb as a co-CEO, founder John Mackey said, “Although I’ve been the only CEO of Whole Foods Market since I co-founded the company almost 32 years ago, my leadership style is both participatory and empowering. Unlike many large companies, Whole Foods’ E-Team makes our most important decisions through consensus—we discuss and debate ideas and decisions until we can get agreement and buy-in from the entire E-Team.”
So far so good, Whole Foods Market is a highly visible and successful chain.