senior vice president, Finance, Global Retail
Rachel Ruggeri, senior vice president of Finance, is responsible for Starbucks global retail portfolio including company-operated and licensed/franchised stores in all three regions: Americas, China and Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, Rachel leads all aspects of business planning and performance management for the global retail portfolio with a specific focus on creating synergy and leveraging best practices across the broader finance organization.
Rachel joined Starbucks in 2001 as a member of the accounting team and helped launch the Starbucks Card platform in her first year with the company. During her tenure, she has held a variety of finance positions, largely within the U.S. business, and was promoted to vice president of Corporate Finance and Planning in 2010. From 2014 to 2016, she was vice president of Finance in support of the U.S. business with her proudest moments coming from the many opportunities she has had to grow and develop talent within the organization. Though numbers are her business, her passion is in working alongside the talented and inspiring partners within the broader Starbucks organization.
Rachel began her career in 1992 as a community college instructor. She has worked in a variety of sectors and was a finance leader in the food manufacturing industry processing Idaho’s famous potatoes.
She holds a B.A from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and an MBA from Washington State University. When she is not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and her three dogs (Viszlas). She is passionate about animal rescue and supports the Utah/Idaho Viszla Rescue as well as many other great rescues in the area. She also likes running, hiking, and the many outdoor activities that the great Northwest has to offer. Her favorite Starbucks beverage, which she enjoys at least twice per day, is an Iced Triple Espresso with extra, extra ice.