Whole Foods Market CEO: ‘I’m not afraid to get fired’
The CEO of Whole Foods Market isn’t afraid to challenge the grocer’s powerful parent company.
Ten months after into Whole Foods’ $13.7 billion acquisition by Amazon, John Mackey describes the company’s sales increases as being “far greater than I anticipated, and it’s continuing,” he said during a town-hall-style companywide meeting, according to Business Insider, which obtained an audio of the meeting.
Whole Foods’ relationship with Amazon has also come with many challenges, an issue that has sparked disagreements with Mackey, the report said.
While he didn’t go into detail about the nature of the companies’ disagreements, “I ultimately am not afraid to get fired, so … that gives me a position of strength to speak truth to power when it’s necessary to do so, and I’ve done it many, many times. And that’s been a good thing because Amazon has listened, and they have been very respectful, and they have backed off,” Mackey said, according to the report.
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