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Starbucks Coffee Company appoints three senior executives

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Staff writer | Seattle, Wa., USA | September 4, 2009
Starbucks Coffee CompanySeptember 4, 2009, Seattle, Wa., USA - Starbucks Coffee Company announced the appointment of Annie Young-Scrivner to global chief marketing officer; Michelle Gass will serve in the newly created role of president, Seattle's Best Coffee (SBC); and John Culver will assume the role of president, Global Consumer Products (CPG) and Foodservice, and continue leading the global Starbucks CPG and Foodservice business units.
Ms. Young-Scrivner brings 20 years of global marketing strategy experience to her role that she begins later this month.

She most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales for Quaker Foods and Snacks, a division of PepsiCo.

Ms. Young-Scrivner was past Chairman and Region President of PepsiCo Foods for Greater China, and had a global consumer brand portfolio that included Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Washington, and a Master of Business Administration at the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota.

Ms. Gass, who most recently served as executive vice president, Marketing and Category, will lead the new business unit of Seattle’s Best Coffee.

This includes the management of more than 550 specialty coffee cafes across the U.S., the packaged coffee business in grocery channels, and foodservice business.

Ms. Gass will also oversee SBC’s expanded franchising program announced this past February.

Ms. Gass is a 13-year veteran of Starbucks. Her recent accomplishments include working with Schultz and the leadership team to create the Transformation Agenda and execute against key strategic priorities.

She was instrumental in forging the partnership with (PRODUCT)RED, leading Starbucks move into Health and Wellness and the Real Food. Simply Delicious. launch, and the introduction of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, instant and microground coffee.

Prior to Starbucks, Ms. Gass held marketing and product management roles at Procter & Gamble.

Mr. Culver will assume the role of president, Global Consumer Products and Foodservice, and continue leading the global Starbucks CPG and Foodservice business units.

Mr. Culver will work closely with Gass to ensure a smooth transition of SBC and continued integration with the other business units.


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