Alexandria, Va. (January 10, 2014) -- The Motley Fool announced today that Whole Foods Market co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey has joined the Company's Board of Directors.
Since co-founding Whole Foods Market in 1978, Mr. Mackey has led a revolution in how Americans shop for their food. He has shown a world-class ability to scale brands and businesses, growing Whole Foods into a top supermarket with more than 370 stores and 80,000 team members worldwide. Throughout his career, Mr. Mackey has also championed a more purpose-driven way of doing business that benefits multiple stakeholders. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of "Conscious Capitalism," and he co-authored Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business in 2012.
Motley Fool co-founder and CEO Tom Gardner commented, "Throughout our twenty-year history, we at the Fool have worked to disrupt the financial services industry. It's an industry that offers its customers a menu of unhealthy investment guidance. Who better to help us in our challenge than the man who disrupted the food industry and taught us to eat healthier."
Mr. Mackey is an avid student of business and investing, and embodies the famous Warren Buffett remark, "I am a better investor because I am a businessman and a better businessman because I am an investor." He has been recognized as Barron's "World's Best CEO," and Fortune's "Businessperson of the Year," among other accolades. Mr. Mackey's enthusiasm for business and learning will be a great benefit to The Motley Fool as the Company continues to grow.