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Whole Foods taps Besancon.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market has promoted Michael Besancon to the newly created post of senior global vice president of purchasing, distribution and marketing.

Besancon had been the company's Southern Pacific regional president.

He will report directly to co-presidents and chief operating officers A.C. Gallo and Walter Robb.

Besancon will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategies for procurement, distribution and marketing of products.

"Having worked in every aspect of the natural foods business from soup to nuts, Michael is far and away the most knowledgeable person on the 'buy side' of the business," says Robb.

With more than 14 years of experience working at Whole Foods, Besancon has been in the business for a total of 38 years.

"He has been an outstanding leader at Whole Foods Market and has earned respect throughout the company," Robb says. "His long-time experience, wisdom and compassion makes him a great choice for this new position."

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Date:Oct 6, 2008
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