Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe's Company, the last 14 years as President, growing the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story with more than 340 stores in 30 states.
He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. Doug championed the development and execution of Trader Joe’s University, and their prized customer experience orientation.
He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker. He retired from Trader Joe’s in 2008.
Doug is CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc.; recent Senior Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative; Trustee at Olin College; Executive Partner at Apta Capital, Inc.; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.
Much of his time is currently spent working on an innovative non-profit solution to the issue of “food waste” and hunger/obesity by bringing high quality, nutritious food at affordable prices to the underserved in our inner cities. He is a resident of Newton, MA.