‘I ultimately am not afraid to get fired’: Leaked audio captures Whole Foods CEO John Mackey describing clashes with Amazon

  • Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says the grocery chain’s same-store sales are growing again under Amazon, but that the two companies have had “many, many” clashes where he has had to “speak truth to power” and Amazon has “backed off.”
  • Mackey made the remarks Tuesday during an internal company-wide meeting, according to audio of the meeting obtained by Business Insider.
  • “I ultimately am not afraid to get fired … so that gives me a position of strength to speak truth to power when it’s necessary to do so, and I’ve done it many, many times,” Mackey said.
  • Mackey also slammed media reports, saying “they just make things up.”

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