With a long and varied entrepreneurial history in natural foods ranging from retailer to farmer to consultant, Walter Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010, was named co-CEO along with John Mackey at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation.
Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven and HeatGenie.
Robb is an ardent organic advocate; he works his own organic garden and has served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Center for Education and Promotion.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is a proud father and grandfather with two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
"Walter inspired and empowered our leaders with both business and life lessons. He was able to connect his message across our entire organization and had them all wanting more. He made the fireside chat interactive, calling on the audience and asking them questions. He had people laughing and feeling empowered to own the Sweetgreen culture, exactly what we wanted. "- Sweetgreen
"Our office is still buzzing from his visit. Our team will use his actionable lessons on leadership, branding, growth and social innovation for years to come. He has an unique ability to speak with the gravitas of a seasoned executive while creating the connection of an empathetic friend."- Warby Parker
"Walter was fantastic! Absolutely enthralled the audience and delivered a great conversation and got people thinking and kept them talking long after he was gone. Couldn't be happier! He was incredibly gracious and a REALLY nice guy."- Turnaround Management
"It was truly great. Not many people realize that “corporations” were invented to shield liability for the guys building the early railroads. They were not organized around the concept of “shareholder return” then, but rather provided a non-governmental vehicle for actually accomplishing a public good. Whole Foods epitomize all of those early notions of success. Thanks again for your true words of wisdom. "- Leadership Howard County
"He simply hit it out of the park. He was by far the best speaker we have ever hired. Personally I have never worked with a keynote who took so much time to make sure he got it right and connect with the local audience."- Pueblo Economic Development Corporation
"Our session with Walter was today and it was absolutely fantastic. It was clear that Walter put quite a bit of work into tailoring his discussion for us. He even incorporated several surprise pieces such as videotaped advice for Quest from leaders he knows at other organizations. It was truly beyond what we could’ve hoped for and we are so appreciative of his extra effort. It will help our organization immensely as we go into 2015 and beyond. He was a HUGE hit with our leadership."- Quest Diagnostics
"We looked for a compelling story from someone who is changing the technology landscape. Walter delivered that and more. He engaged the audience with warmth, humility and humor along with some compelling anecdotes and learnings."- Sierra Ventures
"Walter Robb was a success! We thought he was wonderful on stage and very accommodating on site."- CRE Finance Council