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AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market, the world's largest natural and organic foods supermarket, today announced the addition of Gabrielle Greene and Mo Siegel to the company's board of directors, increasing the board's size to eight members.
"We are excited about the breadth and depth of experience and the perspective Gaby and Mo will bring to our board," said John Mackey, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Whole Foods Market.
Gabrielle Greene is chief financial officer of the Villanueva Companies in Los Angeles, a private holding company with diverse investment interests. One of Greene's major roles is serving as the chief financial officer for Santa Barbara-based environmental consulting firm Integrated Water Resources, which is a portfolio company of Villanueva. Greene is also on the advisory board of Chela Financial Services and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Mo Siegel comes to the Whole Foods Market board as a longtime member of the natural products world, having co-founded tea company Celestial Seasonings Inc., where he was chairman and CEO for more than 25 years. He then served as vice chairman of the Hain Celestial Group Inc., after his company merged with The Hain Food Group. He was also founder and c.e.o. of Earth Wise, Inc. Siegel has served on several boards, including Celestial Seasonings, Inc., The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., OmegaTech, Inc., Corporate Express, Boulder Community Hospital and the nonprofit Jesusonian Foundation and he currently sits on the board of the publicly held CNS Pharmaceutical Company.
Siegel and Greene were elected by the board of directors to serve until the company's annual meeting in March 2004, at which time they will be included on the shareholder ballot.