March 16, 2023

Sprouts CEO Jack Sinclair is W. P. Carey’s 2023 Executive of the Year

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO Jack Sinclair has been honored by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with its annual Executive of the Year Award for his leadership in making the natural foods retailer more efficient, profitable and innovative.

Since joining Sprouts Farmers Market in 2019, Sinclair has focused on providing a curated, attribute-based product assortment that has helped the specialty foods retailer grow through dynamic changes in the food industry, resulting in the planned opening of 30 new stores in 2023. 

With more than 35 years of experience in the retail and grocery industries, Sinclair previously served as CEO of 99 CentsOnly Stores; as executive vice president in charge of Walmart’s US grocery division, the largest grocer in the United States; and Safeway PLC in London. At Sprouts, Sinclair has advanced a “doing well by doing good” long-term strategy rooted in initiatives that grow business while caring for the health of communities and the environment, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business. 

“It is a pleasure to award Jack Sinclair this year’s Executive of the Year honor,” said Ohad Kadan, Charles J. Robel Dean, Professor of Finance and W. P. Carey Distinguished Chair. “Jack has grown Sprouts Farmers Market through a tumultuous time in the grocery retail industry while advancing initiatives that benefit customers, communities and the planet. That commitment to integrity in leadership is exactly what this award celebrates.” 

Sinclair becomes the 40th annual Executive of the Year chosen by the W. P. Carey Dean’s Council, a national group of prominent executives who advise the W. P. Carey School of Business. Previous honorees include Steve Sanghi, executive chairman of Microchip Technology; Sheryl Palmer, chairman and CEO of Taylor Morrison; and Chris Koch, chairman, president and CEO of Carlisle Cos.

Event details

Sinclair will be honored at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa on Wednesday, April 5. The event, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is part of the Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series. Tickets are $100. For more information about the club or to reserve seats, visit

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