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John Mackey, Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market(R), and Ellen M. Zane, President and CEO, Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children, Offer Advice to Bentley Students at May 17 Commencement
Date:5/17/2008

tually become hundreds of millions of dollars in equity investments, he co-founded Safer Way Natural Foods with his girlfriend Renee Lawson. Two years later, in 1980, they teamed up with two other young entrepreneurs to create Whole Foods Market, a 10,000 square foot store on Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas.

By the end of 2006, the global organic foods industry was more than $40 billion in size, a development Mackey sees as good for all concerned, especially Planet Earth. Whole Foods Market now has over 270 stores in the U.S. Canada, and the UK. The company's goal is to become a $12 billion company by 2010.

Ellen Zane is the first woman to run Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in its 210-year history. The 450 bed hospital employs over 5,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers in both facilities. Zane is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Prior to her current position, Zane was Network President for Partners HealthCare System, Inc. where she was responsible for the development of a provider network featuring the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital, along with community-based physician groups and community hospitals within eastern Massachusetts. The network encompassed 5,600 physicians and represented $800+ million of managed care revenue. Today, this entity represents one of the largest physician networks in America.

Zane has also served as the Chief Executive Officer at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts, a 290-bed acute care community and public hospital. Prior to her tenure at Quincy Hospital, Zane was the Vice President for Professional Services at the Morton Hospital & Medical Center in Taunton, Massachusetts.

For all her work, Zane has received numerous awards including the Arthritis Foundation Dr. John I. Sandson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
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