How do companies stay ahead of industry restructuring, acquisitions, digital and technical disruptors and respond with new business model? Join us as we probe the world of retail transformation and learn from previous board members of Whole Foods who served during the Amazon acquisition. Plus hear from experts from EY who have helped similar companies react to and take advantage of business model disruption. We will learn how directors oversee the strategy-setting agenda amid today’s complex, frenzied, ever-changing business environment.
Former CFO Celestial Seasonings, former Chairman of the Board Whole Foods, Emeritus Executive Director, Tulane University
Dr. John Elstrott is the Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, LA. Prior to joining the Tulane University faculty, Dr. Elstrott was Chief Financial Officer for Celestial Seasonings, Inc. He is an active entrepreneur and investor in the venture capital, wetlands mitigation banking, pharmaceutical, financial services, medical and functional food, technology, audio hardware and software, and authentic herbal remedy industries. Dr. Elstrott serves on the boards of several public and private corporations and non-profit community service organizations, including serving as the Chairman of Board and chair of the audit committee for Whole Foods Market Inc. ,(1994 – 2017) a Fortune 300 and S&P 500 company, prior to its sale to Amazon. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and a doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Former Director, Whole Foods Market, Managing General Partner, Sorenson Limited Partnership
Dr. Ralph Sorenson was an independent director of Whole Foods Market, Inc. for 23 years where he chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee and also the Compensation Committee.
He is also President Emeritus of Babson College, former professor at the Harvard Business School, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the University of Colorado Business School, and former Chairman/CEO of Barry Wright Corporation, a NYSE firm. He was co-founder of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in the Philippines and serves on its Board of Governors.
He currently is Managing General Partner of the Sorenson Limited Partnership, an early stage venture investment firm, and serves as a board director of several of the private companies in which the partnership has investments.
Dr. Sorenson has also served on the boards of directors of a number of other publicly traded companies including: EMC Corporation, Eaton Vance, Houghton Mifflin, Polaroid, the Boston Globe, Springs Industries, Foxboro Corporation and Exabyte. He has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and is Past Chairman of the Board of the Boston Museum of science.
Dr. Sorenson earned an A.B. degree (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Amherst College and an MBA degree (With Distinction) and Doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife Charlotte reside in Boulder, Colorado and Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Dave Holloman is a pioneer in the consumer products and retail sector and is currently EY’s Omni-channel Leader for North America. His experience includes forming and growing the cloud-based digital analytics company Market6, forging new areas of value in collaboration between retailers and CPG companies. Dave is the author of China Catalyst: Powering Global Growth by Reaching The Fastest Growing Consumer Market In The World, published by John Wiley & Sons and published a new supply chain management framework for the consumer goods industry in a recent white paper, Perfect Replenishment: Its time to bring the Perfect Order all the way to the consumer. Dave works across the industry helping clients gain competitive advantage through digital and eCommerce. He earned an M.B.A., from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a
BS degree in Industrial Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
Kris Pederson is a seasoned executive with 25 years of management consulting, auditing, financial analysis, and corporate board experience. She currently leads EY's strategy and customer practices with deep skills in strategic transformation and expertise in purpose-led transformation. She is an expert in large-scale business transformation associated with business process and system integration efforts. She currently sits on the board of directors for NACD Colorado and Winward Reports.