Starbucks Nominates Rosalind Brewer to its Board of Directors

Starbucks Corporation announced on January 25th the nomination of Rosalind Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, and executive vice president of Wal-Mart to the Starbucks Board of Directors. She was nominated for election to the Board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on March 22, 2017.

Rosalind Brewer will bring to the Board extensive insight on large-scale operations and supply chain logistics based on her senior leadership positions with Sam’s Club and Walmart, as well as valuable experience in consumer products and distribution. Brewer will also provide vast experience in product development, product management, leadership, digital technology and innovation, and international operations and distribution. Brewer has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, since February 2012. Walmart recently announced her retirement from the company effective February 1, 2017. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Spelman College, and formerly served as a director of Molson Coors Brewing Company.

“For many years, I’ve looked to Starbucks as a leader in how companies should stay ahead of innovation, build trust and loyalty with customers and deeply engage in local and global communities. As an avid customer, I am delighted every day to see just how much this company focuses on honing its craft. It will be an honor to put my many years of retail and customer engagement to work on behalf of the brand, and to serve alongside such a talented group in doing so,” said Brewer.

If all nominees are elected by shareholders at the Annual Meeting, the Board will have 14 members, including:

1. Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer, Starbucks
2. William W. Bradley, managing director, Allen & Company LLC
3. Rosalind Brewer, president and ceo, Sam’s Club, and executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
4. Mary N. Dillon, chief executive officer, Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrances, Inc.
5. Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense
6. Mellody Hobson, president and director, Ariel Investments, LLC
7. Kevin R. Johnson, president, chief operating officer, Starbucks
8. Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, executive chairman, LEGO Brand Group
9. Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft
10. Joshua Cooper Ramo, co-ceo and vice chairman, Kissinger Associates
11. Clara Shih, chief executive officer, Hearsay Systems, Inc.
12. Javier G. Teruel, retired vice chairman, Colgate-Palmolive Company
13. Myron E. Ullman, III, retired executive chairman and ceo, J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
14. Craig E. Weatherup, retired chief executive officer, Pepsi-Cola Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world.


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