Starbucks Shakes Up Senior Leadership Team


SEATTLLE — Howard Shultz, president and CEO, Starbucks, has announced a number of senior leadership changes at the chain.

“These changes will further advance Starbucks’ upward trajectory and accelerate the company’s global growth plans by taking full advantage of the diverse and complementary experience, tenure and skill sets of its senior leaders,” reads a statement from Starbucks.

John Culver is the new group president, China and Asia Pacific (CAP), Channel Development and Emerging Brands, while Jeff Hansberry has been promoted to president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, reporting to Culver.

Cliff Burrows has been promoted to group president, Americas and U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Teavana, while Kris Engskov will become SVP and president of EMEA. Michelle Gass will return to the U.S. to work directly with Schultz, following her successful execution of the transformation agenda and leading the EMEA region through its turnaround and growth efforts.

The announcement also reiterated that Sharon Rothstein joined the company as global chief marketing officer and Matt Ryan will be joining as global chief strategy officer. Rothstein comes to Starbucks from Sephora, while Ryan is joining from The Walt Disney Company.

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