• Working across departments on shared challenges and prioritizing innovative solutions that support and reflect company values
  • Leading with “technology first”
  • Exploring advanced technologies to determine efficacy and applicability
  • Mining data for insights to shift towards more predictive modelling
  • Leveraging diverse team skillset to achieve creative solutions

Carletta Ooton
VP Product Assurance, Risk and Security

Carletta Ooton is Amazon’s Vice President for Product Assurance, Risk & Security. She oversees the company’s Product Assurance, Food Safety, Trade Services, Product Safety & Recalls, Transportation Risk & Compliance, Dangerous Goods, Global Security Operations and Environmental Assurance & Protection teams worldwide.

Her responsibilities include establishing global standards and policies, managing emerging issues, developing and deploying global programs and ensuring effective risk identification and mitigation worldwide. Carletta has been actively involved with industry and government collaboration across many of her areas of responsibility.

Before joining Amazon, Carletta worked at The Coca-Cola Company where she served as the company’s Chief Quality, Safety & Sustainable Operations Officer and the VP of Technical Operations & Capability Development. Prior to that she worked for Cott Beverages, Bath & Body Works, Unilever, and Tate & Lyle.

Carletta received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from Southern Illinois University.

Jeff Edelen
VP Food Safety & Quality
Whole Foods Market

Jeff Edelen is the Vice President, Retail Food Safety at Whole Foods Market where he leads a talented team of food safety professionals dedicated to customer obsession and Team Member growth, while focusing on the company’s mission to nourish our people and our planet. Jeff is passionate about food safety culture, engagement and accountability working together to provide an exceptional work and shopping experience.

Jeff previously held positions at Amazon as Sr. Manager, Food Safety and enjoyed a 25-year career at The Kroger Co. in various roles including store management, merchandising, operations and Sr. Manager, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance.

He also served on many committees in the state of Kentucky including Chairman, Food Safety Task Force; and Vice President, President-elect, and President of the Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians. He is also a member of the International Association of Food Protection.

Jeff attended the University of Louisville where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Professional, Food Safety through the National Environmental Health Association.