Kalen Holmes to v.p., partner resources at Starbucks
October 29, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
SEATTLE — Kalen Holmes has joined Starbucks Coffee Co. as executive vice-president of partner resources (human resources). Ms. Holmes will be responsible for the company’s global human resources strategy, including all generalist and specialist functions.
"We are excited to have Kalen join the Starbucks leadership team as the global leader of our partner resources organization," said Howard Schultz, chairman, chief executive officer and president. "She brings a great passion for serving partners (employees), with the experience and energy we need to elevate the partner experience."
Ms. Holmes most recently was human resources general manager for the Entertainment and Devices division at Microsoft in Seattle. She was with Microsoft for the past six years, also holding leadership roles with Microsoft’s Server and Tools division and Corporate Staff businesses, and has had human resource responsibility for the company’s development centers in Israel and India.
Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions in a variety of industries, including high-tech, energy, pharmaceuticals and global consumer sales, and at such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb and PepsiCo, Inc.