Duncan is president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), responsible for bringing the Starbucks experience to more than 40 countries in over 3,500 stores. Accountable for the strategy, growth and operations across this diverse and complex region, Duncan combines a values-led leadership approach with a strong focus on strategy and performance.
Duncan’s broad leadership experience spans multiple cultures, product categories and business models. Prior to this role, he was president, Global Channel Development, leading the Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods, Foodservice and Ready-to Drink (RTD) business globally. He successfully established the Global Coffee Alliance with Nestlé, bringing Starbucks premium packaged coffee and tea products to consumers around the world, including the Nespresso and Dolce Gusto platforms. He and his team also led the growth and development of Starbucks global RTD partnerships, including the Pepsi North America Coffee Partnership, Teavana Iced Tea and Evolution Fresh businesses.
Before joining Starbucks in January 2015, Duncan spent more than eight years with Johnson & Johnson in several key leadership positions, including Vice President EMEA and International Vice President for McNeil Nutritionals. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, he spent 14 years with Unilever in a variety of marketing and business leadership roles, including the integration of Best Foods brands. Duncan also lived in Milan, Italy, leading the Unilever culinary business which included the development and geographic expansion of the Bertolli brand.
Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Leicester University, England, and completed the executive development program at Wharton Business School. As an ambassador for the charity Send A Cow, Duncan is a passionate supporter of their work in rural Africa. He lives in London with his wife, Kathy. Their two children have just completed their undergraduate and master’s degrees, one in the UK and the other in Sydney, Australia. Duncan is an avid sports fan and food enthusiast.