Former Whole Foods co-CEO goes Rotary

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Club is among three area Rotary Clubs that will host Walter Robb, the former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

The event takes place on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave. in River Forest (across Chicago Avenue to the north from Trailside Museum). Tickets are $25. To purchase one or more, go to Eventbrite and search "Walter Robb." 

The Oak Park-River Forest Rotary is partnering with the Maywood-Proviso Rotary and the Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney club to host the prominent businessman.

The moderator for the evening is Hermene Hartman, founder and editor of N'Digo magazine.

According to an August 2018 Forbes article, since selling Whole Foods to Amazon, Robb "has become an investor, mentor and adviser to the next era of food companies. One of the issues he has focused on is reducing food waste."

Robb told the magazine there "is now an appreciation that food matters. Together with technology change, media change, and a generation change, we're at a place where we can take on the next generation of issues. One of those is using food well."

Michael Romain


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