News Leadership Team
Last year, Liz Muller began sketching ideas for what would become the first Starbucks in Italy. This week, as she prepares for the opening of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan, the company’s chief design officer provides a rare glimpse into her life and creative process.
In the wake of Sen. John McCain's death Saturday at the age of 81, Starbucks Newsroom remembers the October evening last year when he was honored with the 2017 Liberty Medal for his lifetime of service and sacrifice. “I must believe that every time you took that oath of allegiance to the Constitution, you were also pledging your heart to our country,” said Howard Schultz that evening.
Howard Schultz, who stepped down from the company and became chairman emeritus, is returning to China to say thank you to Starbucks partners and look ahead to the future.
Starbucks founder Howard Schultz will step down as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors on June 26. Schultz, who said he set out to build the company his blue-collar father never had the chance to work for, grew Starbucks from 11 stores to more than 28,000 stores in 77 countries while reimagining the role of a for-profit company.
In his farewell letter to more than 2 million past and present Starbucks partners, founder and executive chairman Howard Schultz expressed his gratitude for the creativity, hard work and love all of them pour into the company. “I’ll never say goodbye to you,” he wrote. “Just thank you.” After nearly four decades with Starbucks, Schultz will step down as executive chairman and a member of the Board of Directors on June 26.
Rosalind Gates Brewer, chief operating officer at Starbucks, was the commencement speaker Sunday at Spelman College, 34 years after she graduated. The full circle moment was deeply meaningful for Brewer, who dared graduates to “continue to seek out education and opportunity and influence and power and truth.”
Starbucks China’s chief executive officer Belinda Wong talks about leading, growing and experimenting in the company’s fastest growing market where a new store opens every 15 hours – and doing it while taking care of thousands of partners.
Orin C. Smith, former Starbucks chief executive officer, was known for his wit, generosity, deliberate decision making and quiet, steadfast leadership, especially during a time of explosive growth at the company.