Starbucks Appoints Hans Melotte to Lead Global Supply Chain

Former Johnson & Johnson Senior Executive to join Starbucks Senior Leadership Team and lead the Global Supply Chain Organization

SEATTLE June 14, 2016 – Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced the appointment of Hans Melotte as executive vice president, Global Supply Chain, effective June 27. In this role, Melotte will lead Starbucks Global Supply Chain organization, which helps power Starbucks operations in more than 70 countries worldwide. Most recently, Melotte served as Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Procurement Officer, where he oversaw the company’s global procurement team and led the transformation of the procurement function to becoming a best in class organization.

“Hans brings more than 25 years of experience from highly-respected consumer brands and the deep leadership and technical expertise necessary to take our game to the next level,” said Kevin Johnson, president and chief operating officer, Starbucks. “He will play a critical role in driving the supply chain agenda across the business and leading our ongoing efforts to create a scalable and agile function that enables growth for Starbucks around the world. With his strong track-record and ambitious vision for the organization, Hans’ leadership will help accelerate the pace of innovation in our business processes and transform the way we support our retail stores and distribution channels in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness.”

Melotte will report to Johnson and serve as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team. He will be responsible for end-to-end supply chain operations globally spanning sourcing and supplier relationships, distribution, planning, commercialization, transportation and store delivery – ensuring the company’s supply chain roadmap supports the core business while at the same time enabling key strategic initiatives and the growth of Starbucks business around the globe.

“I’ve had the opportunity to lead a truly world-class procurement organization at Johnson & Johnson, and as I embark on this new chapter, I am honored to join Starbucks and help shape the future of its global supply chain operations,” said Melotte.

Melotte’s career spans nearly three decades of supply chain expertise and global business leadership. Most recently, he served as Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Procurement Officer, where he oversaw the procurement team across 60 countries. During his time with Johnson & Johnson he was recognized for his people leadership and held roles in multiple regions across the Consumer and Pharmaceutical businesses in procurement, supply chain, shared services and innovation. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Melotte worked at Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand.

Originally from Belgium, Melotte received a Master's Degree in business from the University of Louvain. In 2013, he was named as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential and Thought Leader CPO’s” in the U.S. In 2010, he was honored as the “Procurement Leader of the Year.” Melotte also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), and is also a member of the Board of Directors of International Schools Services (ISS).

Melotte will be relocating to Seattle from New Jersey with his family. He will be based in the Starbucks Support Center beginning June 27.