Madhavi Reese

VP Brand, Whole Foods

After 18 years working on the agency side, Madhavi joined Whole Foods Market Marketing team as VP of Brand Strategy in 2017. Her years of experience as a Strategy Director at various firms (including BBDO, The Martin Agency and GSD&M) have allowed her to contribute to and learn from a diverse set of iconic brands including Walmart, Oreo, John Deere, Southwest Airlines and Land O Lakes. She loves working with others, and is passionate about building consumer-first strategies that supercharge brand love. Outside of work, for her, it’s all about two things: Running and fitness. Madhavi is 100lb marathoner with the appetite of a 250lb linebacker! So when she’s not out on a run or doing hot yoga, you’ll likely find her concocting something in her kitchen, chatting with farmers at the farmers market, taking a cooking class, attending a food festival or imbibing something delicious at one Austin’s many amazing restaurants. Madhavi regularly volunteers with the Sustainable Food Center and her personal mantra is “what you put in is what you get out”. Having lived in 3 continents, 4 countries and 10 cities, Madhavi’s true home is here in beautiful Austin, Texas. She is mum to a 14 year-old redheaded German Shepherd- Border-Collie mix named Boulder. Incidentally, Boulder shares Madhavi’s love of food and enjoys eating “above his weight” every time the opportunity presents.