Starbucks Names Blair Taylor Chief Community Officer
SEATTLE, May 31, 2012 – Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced it has appointed renowned community leader Blair Taylor as chief community officer. Taylor currently serves as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, an affiliate of one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations.
“At Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in March, I reiterated the company’s long-standing belief that there is a direct relationship between Starbucks success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which we do business,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and ceo. “As a distinguished community advocate and an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader in the public and private sectors, Blair’s vision, experience and innovative thinking will enhance and elevate our commitment to Starbucks mission and work in the diverse communities we serve. We are honored that Blair is joining Starbucks, particularly at this important time for our company and for the world, and look forward to the meaningful contributions he will make as we pursue new opportunities that use Starbucks scale for good.”