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Kroger announces retirement of Bill Breetz, names three new division presidents

The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Houston division President Bill Breetz and the promotion of Marlene Stewart to succeed him. Stewart currently serves as president of the company’s Dillons division.

Colleen Juergensen, who currently serves as vice president of merchandising of the Smith’s division, will succeed Stewart as president of Dillons.krolog

Kroger also announced the promotion of Pam Matthews to serve as president of the company’s QFC division. Matthews currently serves as vice president of operations for Kroger’s Delta division. She succeeds Dennis Gibson, who was recently named president of the King Soopers/City Market division.

“Kroger has an exceptionally strong team of leaders who are fueling our growth and improving our connection with customers,” Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Marlene, Colleen and Pam bring unmatched depth and experience to their new roles. They will help Kroger continue to make a difference for our customers, associates, and communities — and by doing so create value for our shareholders.”

“Bill’s extraordinary career demonstrates a passion for people and a passion for results. He leads by caring deeply about associates and developing future leaders,” said McMullen. “Bill’s leadership has contributed to Kroger’s success and growth. The entire Kroger family thanks Bill for his many contributions over the years and wishes he and his family all the best in retirement.”

Breetz began his Kroger career in 1972 as a bagger in Louisville, KY. After earning a degree at the University of Louisville in 1977, he joined the management training program and was named a co-manager in Cincinnati. He served in several leadership positions through the years, including store and district management and vice president of merchandising for the company’s Cincinnati/Dayton division. In 2000, Breetz was promoted to executive vice president of Kroger’s Southwest division with responsibility for operations in Dallas. In 2001, he assumed responsibility for operations in Houston as well. He was named president of the Southwest division in 2002, and president of the Houston division in 2015.

Breetz has been active in a variety of community organizations throughout his career, most recently supporting the Houston Food Bank, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Boy Scouts of America, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other local charities. Breetz and his wife, Jo Ann, have three children and three grandchildren.

Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the company’s Cincinnati division, where she worked full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She went on to serve in many leadership roles in Cincinnati, including store and district management, training and merchandising. In 2005, Stewart was named director of operations for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division before being named vice president of operations in 2007. She was named vice president of merchandising in the company’s QFC division in 2011. She was named to her current role in 2015.

Juergensen began her Kroger career with the Dillons division in 1981. She served in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility including store manager, zone manager and director of advertising. In 2008, she was promoted to Dillons vice president of operations. She was named vice president of operations of Smith’s in 2012, and to her current role in 2015.

Matthews began her career with the company’s Fred Meyer division, based in Portland, OR, in 1980. Throughout her 25-year career with Fred Meyer, she held a variety of leadership roles in store management, corporate brand development and merchandising. Matthews also served as director of deli/bakery merchandising and director of floral merchandising and procurement at Kroger’s general offices in Cincinnati before being promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Central division in 2006. She was named vice president of merchandising for the Delta Division in 2014 and to her current role in 2015.

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Wisconsin Names Two Farms That Sourced Raw Milk Linked to Outbreaks

Wisconsin state officials have released the names of two farms that supplied raw milk linked to Campylobacter outbreaks of the past few years.

In September 2014, 38 people were sickened after attending a potluck meal for the Durand High School football team. According to the state Department of Health Services memo released Friday, a farm operated by Roland and Diana Reed of Arkansaw, WI, was the source of the unpasteurized milk served at the meal.

Officials also stated that milk from Schaal Dairy Farm was linked to 16 illnesses that occurred at North Cape Elementary School in Franksville, WI, in 2011.

The information was released following a public record request from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The newspaper reports that the health department plans to release their report on the Durand outbreak on Monday, following which the state’s Agriculture Department will decide whether to take enforcement action.

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Walmart names McKenna U.S. COO

Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday said that Judith McKenna has been promoted to COO of Walmart U.S., succeeding Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed EVP of Walmart International.

The appointments are effective immediately, and continue the rapid churn at the senior levels of the retailer’s U.S. operations. That division, still struggling to keep up the sales pace of competitors like Costco and Kroger, replaced CEO Bill Simon in August, and last month saw chief merchant Duncan Mac Naughton resign amid a merchandising shakeup.

Judith McKennaMcKenna, who had been serving as chief development officer for Walmart U.S., will report directly to U.S. CEO Greg Foran. McKenna joined Walmart nearly 20 years ago in its Asda division in her native U.K., eventually serving as Asda’s CFO and COO. McKenna also served Walmart International as EVP of strategy and international development.

At Walmart U.S., McKenna’s initiatives included the development of the newly opened Grocery Pickup facility, which was based on Asda’s success operating similar vehicles in the U.K. McKenna joined Walmart nearly 20 years ago as part of its Asda leadership team in the U.K., where she served as the CFO and COO. She moved to Walmart International as EVP of strategy and international development, and most recently served as chief development officer for Walmart U.S. As chief operating officer, McKenna will lead a team of 1.3 million associates. She will also continue to lead Walmart’s small format stores, development of new formats, expansion of Walmart services and the integration of digital commerce into the retailer’s existing U.S. stores.

“At her core and by experience, Judith is a retailer who has made major contributions to our business throughout her career,” Foran said in a statement. “It’s exciting to bring her skills in managing store operations, small format growth, logistics and e-commerce to an expanded role in our U.S. operations. Her knowledge of global best practices and her success in leading our associates around the world will help drive our Walmart U.S. business forward.”

Gisel RuizRuiz started as a management trainee and gained a depth of experience across key roles in labor relations, operations and human resources. Most recently as COO for Walmart U.S., Ruiz led the retailer’s focus on improving operational efficiencies, opened more than 400 new U.S. stores, and increased representation of women and people of color across operations leadership roles. As EVP of Walmart’s International People Division, Ruiz will be a key member of CEO David Cheesewright’s leadership team.


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“Gisel is an inspirational leader who has consistently contributed to Walmart’s growth and success throughout her 22 years with the company. Her proven track record and unwavering commitment to our associates make her the perfect choice for this new role,” said Cheesewright. “The expertise and leadership that Gisel brings are needed as we take our International Division to the next level. I’m looking forward to the impact she’ll have on our associates and business around the world.”

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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Associated Wholesale Grocers names EVP of division operations

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced that David Smith will be promoted to executive vice president of division operations effective Jan. 4. Smith will report to Jerry Garland, president and chief executive officer. In this new role he will have responsibility for AWG operations, corporate distribution, corporate services and IT.

Smith has been in the grocery industry for many years, starting as a teen in a family-owned business and working in various retail roles, including store owner and operator. Prior to joining AWG, David spent 17 years in various wholesale positions with Malone & Hyde and later Fleming, ranging from retail development manager to general manager of the Nashville, TN, division.

Having joined AWG in 2003 as director of real estate, Smith was promoted to director of member services for the Nashville division in 2007. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the Memphis, TN, division. In conjunction with his contributions in Memphis, Smith was soon promoted to senior vice president and division manager and led the team in the successful start-up of the new Gulf Coast division.

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ALDI names new CEO

ALDI Inc. announced that it has made a structural adjustment to its senior leadership organization in order to support the retailer’s further expansion both in the U.S. and internationally.

Jason Hart, who currently serves as president for ALDI U.S., has been promoted to a new role, effective April 1, 2015. Hart will become chief executive officer for ALDI U.S. and will be supported by Chuck Youngstrom and David Behm, who will continue in their roles of co-presidents for ALDI U.S.

Currently, ALDI is in the early stages of an accelerated strategic growth plan in the United States. Rising demand for ALDI is fueling significant expansion.

ALDI plans to open 650 new stores across the country, including expanding to Southern California, bringing its total number of U.S. stores to nearly 2,000 by the end of 2018. The expansion is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs at ALDI stores, warehouses and division offices across the country.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Whole Foods names Bill Jordan its Rocky Mountain region president

Whole Foods Market has named Bill Jordan its president of the Rocky Mountain region, effective immediately.

“Bill has been an incredible asset to Whole Foods Market for many years, and we’re so glad that he is now leading our Rocky Mountain region,” David Lannon, executive vice president of operations at Whole Foods Market, said in a press release. “He’s the embodiment of everything a Whole Foods Market team member should be, and we know he’ll do a great job growing our business in the region.”wfodoBill Jordan

Previously, Jordan served as regional vice president of Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region for the past 16 years. Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region includes stores in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Utah, and the company announced its first store in El Paso, TX, last week on its fourth quarter earnings call.

“I’m honored and excited to join Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain region as regional president,” said Jordan. “My career at Whole Foods Market began in 1985 as a courtesy clerk in Sherman Oaks, California, and it’s been an incredible 29-year ride. I love our company and our mission as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store. I am grateful for the team members I served and supported in our Southern Pacific region and am looking forward to building the same bonds in the Rocky Mountain region.

“My role and commitment — day in and day out — is focused on empowering our teams and stores to innovate, create and serve our customers and supplier partners with passion and excellence. The Rocky Mountain region has a rich history of shining a spotlight on our missions and everything that’s best about Whole Foods Market. The region led the company in Local Producer Loans given to small producers, our cashiers and customers consistently raise incredible amounts of money to support the Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation, and we have an inspiring number of team member volunteers who apply to serve in communities around the world on Whole Planet Foundation service trips. It’s an exciting time to be joining the region and I’m thrilled to be helping it grow and prosper.”

Jordan is passionate about his family and most enjoys time spent with loved ones. Some of his best and earliest memories center around his grandparents’ table, where large, Italian dinners of homemade meals brought people together in celebration of food and family. He is an avid boater, camper and music enthusiast, and is based at Whole Foods Market’s Rocky Mountain regional office in Boulder, CO.

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Ready Pac names Phil Yamamoto VP of procurement

Ready Pac Foods Inc. has hired Phil Yamamoto as its vice president of procurement. In his role, Yamamoto will be responsible for establishing a consistent, dependable and cost-effective supply of materials and agricultural goods to ensure the most efficient delivery of high-quality products to the consumer. He will assist in the assessment and rebuilding of the current supply chain footprint and ensure the company has the right team in place to execute Ready Pac’s strategic plans for growth.Phil-YamamotoPhil Yamamoto

“Phil has built his reputation on a unique ability to maximize profitability by streamlining operations and improving productivity,”  Peter Laport, chief supply chain officer at Ready Pac, said in a press release. “Phil’s leadership style will bring a fresh and collaborative perspective to Ready Pac and I’m eager to see him flourish within our team.”

Yamamoto comes to Ready Pac from Reiter Affiliated Cos., where he served as global director of supply chain management. There, he was responsible for overseeing a fast-paced multi-national supply chain department for the largest producer of fresh berries in the world. He supervised sourcing, procurement, market analysis, national and international contracting, and cost savings for three regions, 10 districts and over 40 production operations.

Prior to Reiter, Yamamoto developed his skills with over 20 years of experience working in senior and executive management positions, including roles at Pitco Foods, Core-Mark International and Rocky Mountain Foods. He developed strategies in team building, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management in food distribution and agricultural production. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, and his MBA from Regis University in Denver.

Ready Pac successfully selected Yamamoto in partnership with executive search firm O’Neill Consulting Group’s consumer practice team.

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Ready Pac names Phil Yamamoto VP of procurement

Ready Pac Foods Inc. has hired Phil Yamamoto as its vice president of procurement. In his role, Yamamoto will be responsible for establishing a consistent, dependable and cost-effective supply of materials and agricultural goods to ensure the most efficient delivery of high-quality products to the consumer. He will assist in the assessment and rebuilding of the current supply chain footprint and ensure the company has the right team in place to execute Ready Pac’s strategic plans for growth.Phil-YamamotoPhil Yamamoto

“Phil has built his reputation on a unique ability to maximize profitability by streamlining operations and improving productivity,”  Peter Laport, chief supply chain officer at Ready Pac, said in a press release. “Phil’s leadership style will bring a fresh and collaborative perspective to Ready Pac and I’m eager to see him flourish within our team.”

Yamamoto comes to Ready Pac from Reiter Affiliated Cos., where he served as global director of supply chain management. There, he was responsible for overseeing a fast-paced multi-national supply chain department for the largest producer of fresh berries in the world. He supervised sourcing, procurement, market analysis, national and international contracting, and cost savings for three regions, 10 districts and over 40 production operations.

Prior to Reiter, Yamamoto developed his skills with over 20 years of experience working in senior and executive management positions, including roles at Pitco Foods, Core-Mark International and Rocky Mountain Foods. He developed strategies in team building, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management in food distribution and agricultural production. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, and his MBA from Regis University in Denver.

Ready Pac successfully selected Yamamoto in partnership with executive search firm O’Neill Consulting Group’s consumer practice team.

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