Dr. John Elstrott has served as the Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market since 2009 and has served as a director of the Company since 1995, serving as Lead Director from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Elstrott is an Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship and the founding director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business, which he started in 1991. Dr. Elstrott served as a director and member of the audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees of the board of directors of Stewart Enterprises, Inc. from April 2011 to December 2013; Dr. Elstrott served as Stewart's lead independent director from January 2012 to December 2013. Dr. Elstrott has a PhD in Economics and significant business experience, including over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. In addition, he was awarded the 2013 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur of the Year.