AUSTIN, Texas – Christina Minardi has been promoted to executive vice president of operations for Whole Foods Market, the company announced Nov. 17. Minardi previously served as the Northeast regional president, overseeing 40 stores in three states.

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“I’m thrilled to welcome Christina to the leadership team and I look forward to working with her to build an exciting future,” said Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey. “I know she will be an integral part of building our relationship with Amazon and helping drive our shopper experience.”

In her new role, Minardi will lead four regions while co-leading the integration with Amazon. Minardi joined Whole Foods in 1995.

In this newly created position, Minardi will join Ken Meyer and David Lannon as the third executive vice president of operations.