Doug Sanders is the president and chief executive officer of Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the largest natural and organic retailers in America. Founded in 2002, Sprouts operates over 160 stores in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, and Texas. All locations feature Sprouts’ signature old-fashioned farmers market feel and offer everyday staples and specialty items at great prices.
Sanders joined Sprouts Farmers Market upon its founding and went on to fulfill roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of information technology, chief administrative officer, and chief operating officer. As president and CEO, Sanders champions Sprouts’ mission to improve the health of the communities it serves. Over the years, he has led the organic growth of the company; overseen the acquisition and integration of Sun Harvest Market, Henry’s Farmers Market, and Sunflower Farmers Market; increased efficiencies in the supply chain and distribution; and assembled a topnotch leadership team.
Moreover, Sanders has played a key role in developing and promoting Sprouts’ unique corporate culture and upholding its legacy of community involvement. The company has participated in various causes over the years, supporting local non-profits and educational institutions that share its goal of better health, fitness, and nutrition. As part of its Food Rescue Program, Sprouts donates all unsold and edible but not marketable groceries to Feeding America and its affiliate hunger relief agencies at the end of each day. Additionally, Sprouts Farmers Market regularly sponsors events that support healthy living and eating, as well as encourages its 14,000 employees to volunteer for both small and large causes. Sprouts has helped raise money for Walk Now for Autism Speaks and Conner’s Cause for Children.
Under Sanders’ leadership, Sprouts was named “2013 Retailer of the Year” by Whole Foods Magazine. Sanders himself has been recognized as one of SuperMarket News’ “2013 Power 50.”