Complete Meals CEO John Mackey to step down from position in 2022


John Mackey, CEO of Amazon-owned grocer Complete Meals, will retire subsequent yr and step down from his position, the corporate announced Thursday.

Complete Meals’ present COO, Jason Buechel, will turn into the brand new CEO.

“I’ve determined that it is time to start to transition my position as CEO to the following era of management,” Mackey mentioned in a letter to crew members, which was posted on Complete Meals’ web site. “I’ve thought lengthy and arduous about this, and whereas it’s nonetheless surreal to put in writing, I’ve determined to retire on September 1, 2022.”

Amazon acquired the natural and pure grocer in 2017 for $13.7 billion.

Pricey Fellow Staff Members,

I might prefer to share some information with you earlier than it is introduced publicly.  September marked Complete Meals Market’s forty third anniversary (together with 2 years at Safer Approach—the precursor to Complete Meals) and I’ve determined that it is time to start to transition my position as CEO to the following era of management.  I’ve thought lengthy and arduous about this, and whereas it’s nonetheless surreal to put in writing, I’ve determined to retire on September 1, 2022.  That’s nearly 11 months from at present.

Actually, it’s extremely arduous to retire from an organization that I’ve helped to create, nourish and develop for 44 years once I go away. As a co-founder of Complete Meals, I’ve typically defined my relationship to the corporate with a parent-child metaphor. As a mum or dad, I’ve at all times beloved Complete Meals with all my coronary heart.  I’ve completed my finest to instill robust values, a transparent sense of upper objective past earnings, and a loving tradition that permits the corporate and all our interdependent stakeholders to flourish.  All dad and mom attain a time after they should let go and belief that the values imparted will reside on inside their youngsters.  That point has practically come for me and for Complete Meals.

Subsequent September, I will be able to pursue a few of my different life passions and I’m excited to announce that our Chief Working Officer, Jason Buechel, will turn into Chief Government Officer upon my retirement.  Jason is a real servant chief and champion of Complete Meals’ tradition and values, and he’ll lead the corporate into the long run.  Jason was my private selection to interchange me because the CEO and I am happy Amazon management agreed that he’s the fitting particular person for the position.

Jason joined Complete Meals in 2013 as World Vice President and Chief Data Officer and was promoted in 2015 to Government Vice President earlier than being named Chief Working Officer in 2019. Along with being chargeable for the operations of all WFM shops and amenities, he additionally at present oversees expertise, provide chain and distribution, and Staff Member Providers (TMS).  Jason is certainly one of my most trusted companions and I am extremely assured that the corporate will proceed to evolve and thrive beneath his management.  Jason has plenty of very particular qualities that can assist him succeed as our subsequent CEO.  Not solely is he terribly clever with unusually excessive integrity, he’s additionally a servant chief who lives and embodies Complete Meals Core Values and Management Ideas and is basically only a good and loving particular person.

I will proceed to work intently with Jason and the E-Staff to regularly transition my duties and I intend to commit a lot of my remaining yr to the factor I like doing most at Complete Meals – visiting shops and connecting with as lots of our wonderful Staff Members as I presumably can.

As I mirror on our firm’s historical past and affect on the world, I’m impressed, exceptionally proud, and just a little overwhelmed.  The success of Complete Meals Market has created super worth for all our stakeholders, together with our prospects, Staff Members, suppliers, traders, and our communities.  Working collectively, we have now helped tens of tens of millions of individuals reside more healthy lives and it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Complete Meals has impacted very positively the way in which many individuals in America and world wide eat.  We have now created a really particular tradition that led to our being named one of many “100 Greatest Corporations to Work For” for 20 consecutive years. I’m very happy with the position we have performed in advancing How meals is grown, produced and sourced issues and fulfilling our increased objective to nourish individuals and the planet is what makes Complete Meals a lot greater than only a grocery retailer.  I am additionally happy with the 1000’s of small native meals corporations that Complete Meals helped launch in our shops, lots of of which have grown to be massive and profitable corporations in their very own proper.  Whereas there are such a lot of extra of our achievements that I am happy with, I need to particularly acknowledge the wonderful work that our three Foundations have completed over the previous 20 years—Complete Planet, Complete Youngsters, and Complete Cities have collectively positively impacted the lives of a number of tens of millions of individuals.

Many individuals can go their whole lives with out ever discovering their increased objective, however I used to be fortunate sufficient to find mine again in 1976 once I was residing in a vegetarian co-op named Prana Home in Austin–two years earlier than we first opened Safer Approach.  My meals consciousness was first woke up at Prana and I started to find what I used to be known as to do on this life. How lucky I’ve been to reside in such a satisfying method.

Phrases can not start to specific how deeply grateful I’m in your partnership on this unimaginable journey and the way a lot I like the corporate and all of you. I could also be retiring from Complete Meals a yr from now, however as long as I’m nonetheless alive, I’ll stay linked to Complete Meals and can do all that I presumably can to assist us all proceed to flourish.

I like all of you very a lot and I want for you nice well being and happiness.  Thanks for all that you just do.


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