SEATTLE — Kevin Johnson is the new president and COO of the Starbucks Corporation. He will replace Troy Alstead, who is taking a sabbatical, effective March 1.
“As a member of our Board of Directors, Kevin has worked closely with me for the past six years as a sounding board and collaborator on many of the strategies we are now pursuing. Kevin’s deep management experience and technology background will help further propel Starbucks efforts in partner (employee) and customer-facing innovations as we accelerate our global growth agenda,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president, CEO, of Seattle-based Starbucks.
Johnson will report to Schultz and serve as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team as well as continue on the Starbucks Board of Directors. Johnson will lead the company’s global operating businesses across the Americas, EMEA, and China/Asia Pacific.
Johnson has been a Starbucks Board Member since 2009; he previously served as CEO for the California-based Juniper Networks, Inc.