12/3/2009

John Culver, head of consumer products and food service at Starbucks, will succeed Martin Coles as head of the coffee retailer's international operations. "With our U.S. business moving in the right direction, now is the time to re-accelerate growth of our international business. John's experience and success leading our Asia Pacific region, his deep coffee industry knowledge and his strong leadership skills combine to make him the ideal leader" for the global business, said Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz.

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