Chris Fallon is senior vice president for Starbucks Business Technology, managing and providing strategic direction for the technology supporting Channel Development, Global Supply Chain, Store Development and Finance & Accounting and Evolution Fresh. He also oversees Enterprise QA for Starbucks Technology.
Chris began his career at Starbucks in 2007 as a director of Global Technology, Distribution, Logistics and Planning Systems. In December 2013, he was promoted to the role of vice president responsible for the strategic roadmap and delivery of technology to the global supply chain organization. Shortly thereafter his responsibilities were expanded to include the technology for finance and accounting, store development and Evolution Fresh.
Throughout his career, Chris has successfully led global supply chain and enterprise resource planning technology initiatives at Fortune 500 companies, including Chico’s, White House | Black Market, Motorola and Baxter International. These initiatives spanned the entire software development lifecycle in support of critical business functions such as planning, procurement, merchandising, logistics, global trade compliance, and warehouse and transportation management systems.
Chris received his B.S. from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and continued his education with a certificate in supply chain management from DePaul University and MBA in finance and technology from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Lori and their three children Emily, Anna and Ryan. He is an avid supporter and bike rider in the Fred Hutch Obliteride to raise money for cancer research, and also volunteers his time at other nonprofit organizations including Hope Place, The Salvation Army, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Search & Rescue Team.
Although Chris is a U.S. citizen, he actually holds dual citizenship with Ireland through his grandfather and can trace his heritage back via Ellis Island to Galway, a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast. His favorite Starbucks beverage is a venti Americano.