Hail to the Chief Eccentric Officers

Whole Foods' John Mackey is typical of a new breed of downright peculiar chief execs whose personalities are lightning rods for the companies they run

For years, Whole Foods (WFMI) founder and Chief Executive Officer has preached corporate openness and integrity. He has even gone so far as to place a list of salaries in each store so that all employees can see what any co-worker is paid—from the person in the corner suite to workers at the cash register. But Mackey's nothing-to-hide image recently took a serious dent thanks to one of the former hippie's other notable personality traits: his unpredictability.

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