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Whole Foods CIO Jason Buechel Promoted to Executive Management Team

Jason Buechel, chief information officer at Whole Foods Market Inc., has been promoted to the company’s executive leadership team. It signals technology’s growing importance at the grocer, which recently has made significant investments in IT.

Mr. Buechel retains his responsibilities as CIO, but now has the same voting power as other senior executives, according to a spokesman. He previously reported to CFO Glenda Flanagan.

“Jason has made significant contributions to improve our front- and back-end technology, and we believe it is essential for this vital element of our business to be represented at the executive decision-making level,” Ms. Flanagan said in a statement.

Whole Foods has invested in a number of technology initiatives since Mr. Buechel joined in 2013. Last year the company announced it would be one of the first participants in Apple Inc.’s Apple...