CEO of Whole Foods trashes competitors and buyout targets anonymously on message boards.
For about eight years until last August, the company confirms, Mr. Mackey [, the CEO of Whole Foods,] posted numerous messages on Yahoo Finance stock forums as Rahodeb. It’s an anagram of Deborah, Mr. Mackey’s wife’s name. Rahodeb cheered Whole Foods’ financial results, trumpeted his gains on the stock and bashed Wild Oats. Rahodeb even defended Mr. Mackey’s haircut when another user poked fun at a photo in the annual report. “I like Mackey’s haircut,” Rahodeb said. “I think he looks cute!”
Yeah, that never happened before. What’s surprising is that it’s apparently a growth industry now.