Executive Team

Tyson Avery

senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer

Tyson Avery is senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer for Starbucks. Tyson joined the company in December 2019, and is responsible to the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Starbucks Board of Directors for championing the partner experience through Our Mission & Values and mitigating compliance risk by empowering ethical behavior and reducing misconduct.  

Prior to his time in the company, Tyson was the Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Director of Internal Audit for CBRE, Inc. In that position, he was the senior leader responsible for the global ethics and compliance and internal audit programs, which included both domestic and international responsibilities.   

Before CBRE, Tyson served as the Director of Ethics and Compliance of ITT Defense. In this role, he built an integrated and sustained ethics and compliance program for a $6 billion organization in the aftermath of one of the largest trade prosecutions in U.S. history, including over $100 million in fines and remediation.   

Preceding his corporate experience, Tyson spent ten years as an active duty officer and judge advocate serving in the U.S. Marine Corps where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including prosecuting and defending felony level criminal cases, serving as one of the first Geneva Convention magistrates in Iraq, and serving the President of the United States as the sole military attorney in the White House Counsel’s Office. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 23 years of combined active and reserve service.   

Tyson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside earned law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. He was named Young Military Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and UC Riverside’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2018. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, traveling, and surfing. His favorite beverage is a grande skim latte.