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Michael Besancon brings more than 40 years of hands-on experience within the natural/organic food and grocery sector, two decades of which he spent in leadership at Whole Foods Market (WFM). In his final position with the company he served as their Senior Global Vice President of Purchasing, Communications and Distribution.

Throughout his career, Michael Besancon worked with vendors across the globe to dramatically shift traditional retail approaches to selling food. By supporting the purchase of high-quality products, he was able to encourage customers to connect not just to the food they buy, but also the people who produce it and the land it’s grown on. In the grocery sector, Michael helped fuel the mainstream expansion of the national and worldwide organic food movements that have changed the way millions of people eat, how food is grown, and how the entire grocery industry sells natural, non-GMO, organic and now regenerative organic food.