Kelly Bengston is senior vice president, chief procurement officer. In this role, Kelly is responsible for enhancing Starbucks enterprise-wide functional strategic sourcing and supplier relationships, creating consistent global sourcing processes, developing a sourcing talent management program and building a values-based approach to working with suppliers across all categories of the business.
Kelly has held numerous leadership positions during her 8-plus years with Starbucks, including direct and indirect sourcing, store development, and commercialization. Most recently, Kelly served as vice president of Starbucks Global Supply Chain’s Strategy & Deployment team, a new team created under Kelly to support Starbucks supply chain’s aspirations of becoming digitized, strategically aligning resources against priorities and building capabilities through long-term capacity planning and supply chain intelligence.
Kelly attributes much of her success over the years to her ability to create flexible, high-functioning, and creative teams that unlock possibilities through shared value relationships, cross-functional collaboration, autonomy, and supply chain management excellence.
Kelly holds a B.S. in Management from Central Washington University. She also gives back to her alma mater by serving on the university foundation board and chairing their board development committee.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Kelly gained broad experience in packaging, product development, manufacturing, and project management at Macy’s, Bensussen Deutsch, Cranium and Hasbro. She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Her favorite Starbucks beverage is Nitro Cold Brew.