AUSTIN, Texas — Shareholders at the Whole Foods Market annual meeting here yesterday expressed their support for John Mackey, the chairman and chief executive officer, in a round of sustained applause and cheering after Mackey announced the defeat of a shareholder proposal to split the positions of chairman and CEO. Mackey attracted negative publicity during 2007 because of online message-board activity in which he had used an alias to criticize Wild Oats, followed by a battle with the ...

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