SEATTLE – Starbucks Corporation announced that Rachel Gonzalez, formerly Chief Administrative Officer for Sabre Corporation, will join Starbucks as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting to president and chief executive officer, Kevin Johnson.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel to the Starbucks family,” said Johnson. “A leader with outstanding judgment and tremendous business acumen, Rachel is a terrific addition to Starbucks as we continue to accelerate our leadership position as a global brand with a rich heritage in coffee, long-standing values, and the responsibility to use our scale for good.”
At Starbucks, Gonzalez will lead the Law & Corporate Affairs (L&CA) department, support the Starbucks Board of Directors and serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team.
“Starbucks is a world-renowned brand that has had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of many. It’s an honor to join the team,” said Gonzalez. “I’m excited to support the company’s continued growth and evolution for partners, customers and shareholders around the world.”
In her previous role at Sabre, Gonzalez led a global team responsible for human resources, corporate communications, legal strategy, regulatory affairs, corporate compliance, and government affairs. She joined Sabre in 2014 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Prior to joining Sabre, Gonzalez served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with Dean Foods in Dallas, Texas. Previously, Gonzalez was Senior Vice President and Group Counsel with Affiliated Computer Services. Earlier in her career, Gonzalez was a partner with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she focused on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, SEC compliance and corporate governance.
Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned a law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
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