Executive Team

Laxman Narasimhan

chief executive officer

Laxman Narasimhan is a trusted leader who brings nearly 30 years of experience leading and advising global consumer good businesses. Known for his considerable operational and transformational expertise, he has a proven track record in developing and growing purpose-led brands.

Building on the rich and complex histories of storied companies like PepsiCo, Laxman is a consumer industry veteran who has succeeded in rallying talent to deliver on future ambitions by driving customer-centric and digital innovations. Prior to Starbucks, he served as chief executive officer of Reckitt, a multinational consumer health, hygiene and nutrition company, where he led the company through a major transformation and a return to sustainable growth. This included launching a company-wide effort to anchor Reckitt’s consumer brands in higher demand spaces, re-imagining some of the company’s most notable labels, introducing new customers to core brands that are critical to Reckitt’s heritage and history, and doubling the size of Reckitt’s e-commerce business since he took the helm. Laxman also led Reckitt through the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting the company’s frontline workforce and adjusting supply and production to meet the unprecedented high-demand for Reckitt’s products, outperforming expectations during one of the most complicated operating environments in recent years.

“With every cup, with every conversation, with every community – we nurture the limitless possibilities of human connection.”

Laxman Narasimhan works behind the bar at a Starbucks, handing customer a beverage through a drive thru window
Laxman Narasimhan sits on bench at Starbucks Seattle Support Center
Laxman Narasimhan works behind the bar at a Starbucks, wearing a green apron and smiling holding a customer beverage
Laxman Narasimhan works behind the bar at a Starbucks, wearing a drive thru headset at the POS