Starbucks appointed three new leaders to its board of directors, including Domino’s CEO Ritch Allison, Nike chief financial officer Andrew Campion, and Apple vice president and managing director of Greater China Isabel Ge Mahe, the company announced Thursday. Effective Wednesday, Allison will serve on the board’s compensation and management development committee, Campion will join the audit and finance committee, and Ge Mahe will be a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee.
“As we pursue our goal of building an enduring company, I couldn’t be more excited to have Ritch, Andy and Isabel join our world-class board of directors,” Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Their expertise across global technology, retail and customer experience at scale will accelerate our drive to innovate in a way that’s relevant to our customers and inspiring to our partners.”
With the appointments of three new leaders, Starbucks’ board of directors has increased from 10 to 13 members.
“The addition of these directors complements our existing skills and experiences, and we are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive growth and build long-term shareholder value for Starbucks,” Starbucks chair Myron E. Ullman III said.
Although Starbucks did not elaborate on the details of their specific skillsets, Domino’s, with Allison at the helm, has been lauded as a technology leader in the pizza delivery space, continuously announcing new innovations such as autonomous delivery vehicles, e-bikes, and GPS tracking. Starbucks, meanwhile, brought their delivery program to the national stage this summer in partnership with UberEats and just announced a pickup café for mobile customers and delivery drivers.
Similarly, Ge Mahe, as Apple’s vice president in China, could act as a source of expertise for Starbucks’ burgeoning market in China. With pressure from upstart, delivery-centric competitors like Luckin Coffee, Starbucks has recently implemented new technology to improve the delivery experience like ghost kitchens.
As of June 30, Starbucks has 30,626 stores nationwide.
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