Starbucks Coffee Co. Announces Management Changes

Starbucks Coffee Co. announced several leadership changes to accelerate its innovation and growth. The company announced the following leadership moves as it further strengthens its three-region operating model:

Lucy Lee Helm was named executive vice president, general counsel and secretary;

Arthur Rubinfeld was named chief creative officer and president, global development and Evolution Fresh Retail;

Annie Young-Scrivner was named executive vice president and president, Starbucks Canada;

Colin Moore was named senior vice president, enterprise optimization;

Craig Russell was named senior vice president, global coffee coinciding with the retirement of Dub Hay as senior vice president, global coffee authority this November.

“As we continue to sharpen our focus and strengthen our three-region operating model, local relevancy and speed of decision making are two critical requirements we must deliver so that we can seize opportunities,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and CEO in a prepared statement. “We will never rest when it comes to coffee innovation and elevating the overall coffee experience for our customers. The leadership moves we announced today will enable us to more swiftly position ourselves for the exciting opportunities ahead while never losing sight of the fact that we are a global brand with a rich heritage in coffee, long-standing values, and the responsibility to use our scale for good.”