senior vice president, U.S Licensed Stores and Latin America
As a senior vice president, Mark Ring leads operations for the business and focus on driving continued growth opportunities with licensed partners in both the U.S. and Latin America markets.
A 22-year partner, Mark has held numerous key leadership roles in the U.S. as well as in the UK and Asia. Over the past four years, Mark has been responsible for the growth and expansion of the Asia Pacific region across 14 markets. Under his leadership, the region has grown to 3,352 stores and has further elevated our partners through initiatives focused on coffee engagement, sustainability, and elevating women in leadership.
Mark first joined Starbucks in 1995 as a project manager in finance and planning. His early Starbucks experience included managing retail systems for North America operations, driving cross-business priorities with Japan and serving as regional director for the Pacific Northwest region in the U.S., including Starbucks first store in Seattle’s Pike Place market.
In 2007, he relocated to Australia as the vice president and managing director of the market and in 2009 he moved to London to serve as the vice president, Operations for the U.K. and Ireland. In 2012, Mark accepted the position of U.S. regional vice president for Licensed Stores, based in Seattle and worked in a variety of U.S.-based Operations roles, including interim regional vice-president of operations for the New York Metro market. During 2014, Mark relocated with his family to Hong Kong to serve as senior vice president, general manager China Asia Pacific.
Mark is passionate about leading by example and sharing his experiences with partners (employees). He is committed to bringing the Starbucks Mission and Values to life at the Hong Kong Support Center, throughout the region and to those he meets every day.
Prior to Starbucks, Mark worked for Dow Corning Corporation in a variety of finance roles.
Mark holds a B.A. in Accounting from Indiana University, and a MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University) and attended the General Management program at Harvard Business School.