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Starbucks Announces Senior Leadership Changes
May 03, 2013

Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. recently announced changes to its senior management as part of its plans to accelerate its global growth plans. John Culver has been promoted to group president, China and Asia Pacific (CAP), channel development and emerging brands. In his new role, he will leverage more than 10 years of retail and consumer packaged goods experience at Starbucks to lead the company’s global channel development and emerging brands portfolio, while continuing to oversee the growth of the company’s CAP business. Jeff Hansberry will be promoted to president of Starbucks CAP, and will report to Culver. In his new role, Hansberry will be accountable for the region’s retail business and leading the effort to build a major channel presence in Asia and China. Additionally, Cliff Burrows has been promoted to group president, Americas and U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Teavana; Michelle Gass will return to the United States to work directly with Schultz; Kris Engskov will be promoted to senior vice president and president of EMEA; Sharon Rothstein, previously with Sephora, will join the company as its global chief marketing officer; and Matt Ryan, previously with The Walt Disney Co., will join Starbucks as its global chief strategy officer.