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Whole Foods Market: A CEO’s Public Opinion at Odds With A Key Demographic
Imtiaz, T., Ji, J., Mitchell, A., and O’Rourke, J. S. (Editor)
February 12, 2018
Strategy & General Management
position, core customer, media, management, op-ed
In August of 2009, the founder and CEO of the successful natural & organic food company Whole Foods Market published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal espousing a position on the highly contested health care debate that many perceived to be at odds with the company’s core customer. In the midst of a slow news month, the media seized on the apparent contradiction, and many diverse interests used the ensuing attention to further their own agendas.