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Chris Carr is the executive vice president, chief procurement officer for Starbucks. Chris is responsible for enhancing the enterprise-wide functional strategic sourcing and supplier relationship capability, including the global sourcing processes, sourcing talent management program and building a uniform approach toward suppliers across all categories of spend. He is also accountable for shaping Starbucks global supplier base into an integrated eco-system that is accretive to the company’s values and generates customer-insight driven innovation.
Chris previously served as executive vice president for Starbucks retail licensed stores across the U.S. and Americas. He was responsible for the strategic planning, annual operations, market planning and profitability for the region’s approximately 6,200 licensed stores, which generated annual system-wide sales in excess of $3 billion. Chris also served in several senior executive retail operations positions for both Starbucks company-operated and licensed stores where he played a critical role on the Americas leadership team with developing and bringing the company’s transformation agenda to life. The turnaround of the company’s performance led to all-time highs in partner (employee) engagement, customer satisfaction and shareholder value.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Chris spent the majority of his career with Exxon Mobil, developing, leading and implementing retail operational strategies for its Global Fuels Marketing downstream businesses.
Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of REI, is a member of the Institute of Prostate Cancer Council Research and an active member of the University of San Diego Emerging Leaders Council.
Chris grew up in Los Angeles, California and resides in Bellevue, Washington with his wife Jacquelyn, their two teenage children and their labradoodle Dallas. Chris is a Starbucks Coffee Master whose typical Starbucks beverage is a cup of coffee consisting of Latin America blends.