Lisa Erdely is senior vice president, Americas Finance for Starbucks. In this role, Lisa has full responsibility for all financial planning and analysis related to the North America business. This includes financial oversight of Retail and Customer, Marketing and Product for North America (both company-operated and licensed stores), as well as global functions including Store Development, Technology and Global Supply Chain. Lisa reports directly to the chief financial officer and is the primary finance partner for the group president, North America, and chief operating officer.
Lisa began her Starbucks career in 2012 as a senior manager in Corporate Development, followed by promotion to director in 2015 and to vice president in 2017. In 2018, she assumed responsibilities leading Corporate Development and expanded her responsibilities to include leading Enterprise Strategy in early 2019. During her years in Strategy and Corporate Development, she led the teams responsible for the annual strategic planning process and transactions including the acquisition of a 50 percent joint-venture stake in East China, anchor investment in Valor Siren Ventures, and, most recently, the sale of its 50 percent joint-venture stake in South Korea.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Lisa was a member of the Corporate Development team at Amazon and worked in investment banking at Rothschild and Morgan Stanley in New York, focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for clients in the retail and consumer sectors. She holds both an MBA and a B.S. cum laude from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business where she was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Stern Scholars Program and was a recipient of the Dean’s Honor Key.
An East Coast native, Lisa currently lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter and standard poodle. In her free time, she enjoys international travel, camping, independent films and 1990s music. Her favorite Starbucks coffee is Veranda Blend and her favorite Starbucks beverage rotates seasonally.