Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jason Buechel has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the 40 most influential young people in business.

Buechel, 37, is No. 11 on the magazine’s 2015 “40 Under 40” list.  He is responsible for all aspects of technology at Whole Foods Market and was recently promoted from global vice president and chief information officer to executive vice president and chief information officer, making him the youngest member of the company’s executive team.

“Jason is an integral part of Whole Foods Market’s leadership team, and we are proud to see his talents recognized with this well-deserved accomplishment,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “He continues to play a pivotal role in leading the company’s technology advancements and digital engagement, which is critical for improving the customer and team member experience and our ability to compete in a rapidly evolving retail environment.”

FORTUNE highlighted Buechel’s role in forging Whole Foods’s Market’s partnership with Instacart, implementing Apple Pay, testing the company’s first rewards program and developing systems that give full traceability to the supply chain and better inform customers about products’ nutritional and allergen information.

“We may think we live in the age of the tech unicorn, but disruption is coming at us from all corners of industry, as our 2015 ranking of the most influential young people in business shows,” FORTUNE editors wrote of this year’s list. “The one thing these mavericks have in common: They make their own rules. For the first time our list is 100% brand-new.”

Whole Foods Market is the only grocery retailer and food company represented on this year’s “40 Under 40” list.

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Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

Whole Foods Market Executive VP and CIO Jason Buechel recognized by FORTUNE as one of the 40 most influential young people in business

Whole Foods Market announces the promotion of Jason Buechel from global VP and CIO to EVP and CIO

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-8-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced that Jason Buechel has been promoted from global vice president and chief information officer to executive vice president and chief information officer, becoming the newest member of the executive team effective immediately.

Buechel retains responsibility for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market.

“Technology is essential to our customer experience, our team member experience, our ability to compete, and our ability to effectively deliver return on invested capital,” said Glenda Flanagan, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Whole Foods Market. “Jason has made significant contributions to improve our front- and back-end technology, and we believe it is essential for this vital element of our business to be represented at the executive decision-making level.”

Since joining Whole Foods Market in 2012, Buechel has continuously improved the Company’s information technology infrastructure, launching several new major platforms and initiatives such as Workday, One POS, the Company’s pilot Affinity shopper rewards program, and delivery partnership with Instacart.

Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, Buechel spent 12 years at Accenture, where he was most recently managing director and partner in  that company’s  retail operations practice, leading the retail channels practice for North America.

Whole Foods Market announces the promotion of Jason Buechel from global VP and CIO to EVP and CIOJason Buechel

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, he oversees the global technology team in Austin, Texas and the company’s twelve regional offices located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.