Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Flickr, Creative Commons.)
Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey was over-the-moon about the company’s pending acquisition by Amazon in a town hall meeting with employees after the $13.7 billion deal was announced on Friday, judging from a transcript filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.
Amazon’s Jeff Wilke told Whole Foods employees about his own journey to healthy eating. (GeekWire File Photo)
With Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke in attendance at the employee meeting, Mackey talked about his admiration for Amazon’s leaders, describing their first meeting as a “blind date” set up by mutual friends.
“It’s been a whirlwind courtship,” Mackey said. “Little over six weeks after we met on this blind date, we’re officially engaged, as of today. But like an old traditional marriage, where there are all kinds of rules and chaperones, we can’t consummate the marriage, until we’re actually officially hooked up. … This is not a Tinder relationship.”
He added, perhaps unnecessarily, “I got a feeling I’m off script.”
Turning somewhat serious, Mackey alluded to some big ideas that Amazon and Whole Foods have in the works for after the acquisition is complete. He described …read more