Starbucks taps chief technology officer

by Monica Watrous
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SEATTLE — Gerri Martin-Flickinger has been named chief technology officer of Starbucks Corp., effective Nov. 2. In her new position, she will lead the coffee company’s global information technology function.

Ms. Martin-Flickinger brings 30 years of experience in leading large-scale global information technology organizations for companies experiencing growth through acquisition, global expansion and business transformation. Most recently, she was senior vice-president and chief information officer at Adobe, where she played an important role in enabling the company’s transition to a cloud-based business. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Washington State University.

Gerri Martin-Flickinger
Gerri Martin-Flickinger

“Gerri is a technologist at heart and has a 30-year track record of leveraging technology-based solutions to drive business value,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief operating officer. “As we continue to shape our global technology agenda at Starbucks, we needed leadership talent with deep experience in cloud, big data analytics, mobile and security to take us to the next level. As we searched for that leader, Gerri stood out as someone who has years of experience in Silicon Valley and brings deep management and technical expertise to help us navigate the future.”

Ms. Martin-Flickinger will report to Mr. Johnson and serve as a member of Starbucks’ senior leadership team.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with an amazing team at Adobe, and I look forward to taking this next step in my career as I assume the role of chief technology officer at Starbucks, a brand that I love,” Ms. Martin-Flickinger said. “Starbucks is on the cusp of entering into its next phase of technology leadership, and I am honored to be working alongside Starbucks strong I.T. management team to map out our long-term strategy.”
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