Tal Saraf is senior vice president, Engineering and Architecture, for Starbucks Technology. He and his engineering teams are responsible for extending customer digital engagement through world-class web and mobile experiences, supported by modern scalable cloud platforms and integrated services. The organization also includes enterprise architecture teams, which work side-by-side with engineering to build innovative solutions and enable business capabilities across the global Starbucks enterprise.
Before joining Starbucks in October 2016, Tal bootstrapped a Cloud startup in Seattle and served as Vice President of Product Management for Cisco, where he was responsible for development of product requirements and driving adoption of Cisco Cloud Services. Tal also spent five years at Amazon during the formation of Amazon Web Services (AWS), serving as General Manager of CloudFront, Route 53, and the Elastic Transcoding Services. At Amazon, Tal was responsible for the overall development, management and product direction of these three web services as well as an internal web service.
Prior to his time at AWS, Tal held a variety of technical leadership roles over 16 years with Microsoft, working on and releasing products and services including Speech Server, MyMSN, Server and Desktop ActiveSync, TaxSaver, and Internet Explorer. He was also a managing consultant for a practice office of Microsoft Consulting Services.
Tal holds a B.S. in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a co-inventor on 24 issued United States patents.
In addition to enjoying spending time with his wife, Irene, and their two children, Tal likes to travel and to serve as a mentor for technology startups. His favorite Starbucks beverage is a Cold Brew coffee.