Starbucks names three to leadership roles

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SEATTLE — Starbucks Coffee Co. has named Annie Young-Scrivner as global chief marketing officer. She will handle global marketing and product strategy.

Ms. Young-Scrivner was most recently chief marketing officer and vice-president of sales for Quaker Foods and Snacks.

In addition, Michelle Gass has been named to the newly created role of president of Seattle’s Best Coffee and will be responsible for building the brand and accelerating its growth in the global specialty coffee category. Ms. Gass was most recently vice-president of marketing and category at Starbucks.

"As we move toward Starbucks’ new fiscal year, now is the time to keep the positive momentum seen in our U.S. business and build on our global opportunities," said Howard Schultz, president and chief executive officer. "Moving S.B.C. into a distinct and separate business unit will provide the focus necessary to enable S.B.C.’s full potential in the specialty coffee marketplace. These appointments will strengthen the expertise of a proven internal leader and enhance the leadership team with diverse talent from outside Starbucks to give us the depth necessary to operate a global business."

In addition, John Culver will take on the role of president of global consumer products and foodservice as well as lead the Starbucks CPG and foodservice business units.

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