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Frank Discussions

At the intersection of business and education, Frank Discussions is a series of brief executive interviews with the leaders defining innovation and industry today and tomorrow. Hosted by Frank Hodge, the Orin & Janet Smith Endowed Dean at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, Frank Discussions looks beyond the business decisions making headlines to shed light on how and why great leaders do what they do.


Interview recorded June 25, 2020

Kevin Johnson

President & CEO, Starbucks

Kevin Johnson, CEO of StarbucksKevin joined Starbucks in 2009 as a member of the board of directors during a period of record-setting transformation and growth. In March 2015, he took on the role of president and chief operating officer, leading the company’s global operating businesses across all geographies, as well as the core support functions of Starbucks supply chain, marketing, human resources, technology and mobile and digital platforms. He assumed the role of president and CEO in April 2017, as Howard Schultz transitioned into the role of executive chairman.

His career spans more than 30 years, scaling global businesses, including 16 years at Microsoft and five years as CEO of Juniper Networks. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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