John Mackey, Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market(R), to Speak at 89th Annual Bentley College Commencement

Ellen M. Zane, President and CEO, Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children, To Address the Bentley McCallum Graduate School

WALTHAM, Mass., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Mackey, Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,000 Bentley undergraduate students on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. on the Bentley campus, with an expected 7,500 in attendance. Mackey will also receive an honorary doctor of commercial science degree at the ceremony.

Ellen M. Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children, will deliver the keynote address to approximately 550 graduate students when the McCallum Graduate School of Business degrees are conferred at 3:00 p.m. Zane will be presented with an honorary doctor of commercial science degree.

John Mackey is one of the most successful CEOs in the fast-growing natural foods industry and has built Whole Foods Market into a $5.6 billion Fortune 500 company that is now one of the top 12 supermarket companies in America.

In 1978, at the age of 25, Mackey was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Borrowing $10,000 from his father and raising the first few thousand of what would eventually become hundreds of millions of dollars in equity investments, he co-founded Safer Way Natural Foods with his girlfriend Renee Lawson. Two years later, they teamed up with two other young entrepreneurs to create Whole Foods Market, a 10,000 square foot store in Austin, Texas.

Whole Foods Market now has more than 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 more than 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.

SOURCE Bentley College

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