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How can a company grow successfully without losing its ideal mission, vision and values? In the next installment of our Leadership Lessons series, host Jason Nazar sits down with the CEO of a multinational supermarket chain that is synonymous with healthy, local and organic. As one of the youngest CEOs to ever lead a successful retailer, Jason Buechel oversees more than 100,000 Whole Foods Market associates in 546 stores across the US, Canada and the UK. He joined the chain in 2013 as Global VP, based in Austin, Texas and CIO, where he was responsible for all aspects of IT and digital innovation, leading large-scale initiatives that played a critical role in the company’s growth. He later acted as COO and took over the operational management of the more than 500 locations in the food chain.
In addition to sharing the biggest leadership lessons he has learned in his impressive 15-year career, Buechel will also explore other topics including:
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About the speakers
Jason Buechel is CEO of Whole Foods Market. Previously, he was COO and took over the operational management of over 546 locations in the USA, Canada and Great Britain. He was responsible for the company’s technology, supply chain and distribution, storefront real estate and design, and Team Member Services (HR) functions. He joined the company in 2013 as Global VP and CIO, where he was responsible for all aspects of IT and digital innovation, leading large-scale IT initiatives that played a critical role in the company’s growth. Prior to WFM, Jason was a Managing Director/Partner in Accenture’s Retail Operations practice, where he worked with leading retailers on strategic business and technology transformation. Jason holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jason Nazar is a multi-tech entrepreneur, consultant and investor with two successful exits. Most recently, he was co-founder/CEO of workplace culture review platform Comparably (acquired by ZoomInfo) and previously co-founder/CEO of Docstoc (acquired by Intuit). Jason has been named one of the top five CEOs of medium-sized companies by the LA Times (2020), the LA Business Journal’s most admired CEOs (2016), and was named the City of Los Angeles’ first Entrepreneur in Residence (2016-2018). He has a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and a JD and MBA from Pepperdine University. He currently teaches entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at UCLA.