Executive Team

John Culver

group president, International, Channel Development and Global Coffee & Tea

As group president, International, Channel Development and Global Coffee & Tea, John has responsibility for leading Starbucks retail growth and operations in 58 markets across China, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa and the global growth for Global Channel Development business which consists of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Branded Solutions (Foodservice) and Evolution Fresh. He also has the additional responsibility of leading the growth and development of Starbucks coffee and tea businesses to drive innovation and help ensure the future of coffee and tea — for everyone. 

He is a 15-year Starbucks partner who has held multiple senior leadership roles within the company encompassing every business and country we operate in. Most recently he served as group president, Global Retail with responsibility for leading 300,000 partners around the world and the operations of more than 27,000 stores across the 75 markets.

Since coming to the company in 2002, John has played a key leadership role in establishing Starbucks foundation for expansion and growth around the world. Known for his passion and commitment to our partners (employees) and their development, he has demonstrated the ability to successfully work across multiple countries and cultures while insuring the consistency of the Starbucks Experience through our company-owned, joint venture and licensed relationships.

John serves on multiple boards for the company supporting our international markets and as a member of the board for The Starbucks Foundation. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the company reporting to the CEO.

John has a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University, with an emphasis in hotel and restaurant management. Since 2012 he has served as a Trustee for the University’s Foundation and in 2015 was inducted in to the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, he was recognized as Alumnus of the Year by Florida State’s Dedman School of Hospitality.

He and his wife Karen live in Bellevue, Washington, with their family and are passionate supporters of military veterans and easing their transition from active duty to civilian life.