Bill McNichols is a senior vice president, Starbucks Corporate Development and Business Alliances. He oversees global corporate development leading company-wide business development, investment and mergers and acquisition activities.
While at Starbucks, Bill has led more than $4 billion of acquisitions and investments including Starbucks recent $1.5 billion purchase of its remaining 50 percent interest in its East China joint venture, the $815 million dual-tender to buy in the 60 percent of Starbucks Japan held between the Sazaby Group and public shareholders, the sale of the Tazo tea brand to Unilever, as well as the acquisitions of Teavana, La Boulange, and Evolution Fresh. Bill has also led Starbucks partnerships with Keurig Green Mountain, Chase Manhattan Bank, Tencent (WeChat), and Starbucks ready-to-drink partnership in China with Tingyi-Asahi Beverage, among others. Notable investments for Starbucks include Square, Princi, and Takt.
Prior to joining Starbucks in 2011, Bill spent over five years at Vulcan Capital, the investment vehicle for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, where he was one of two senior professionals with responsibility for a multi-billion dollar private equity portfolio focused on media, technology and telecommunications investments. Notable investments at Vulcan included the successful restructurings of DreamWorks, Oxygen Media, and The Sporting News as well as new investments into Laureate Education and TowerCo. Bill began his career at Gleacher & Co. where he spent over six years in the packaged goods, quick service restaurant and media sectors.
Bill holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Colgate University. Bill, his wife Nicole, and their three children live in Seattle. Bill is a Starbucks Coffee Master whose favorite beverage is a tall iced Cold Brew coffee.