SEATTLE, May 02, 2012 - Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) announced today that Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was elected to the Starbucks Board of Directors. He will serve on the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
“We are honored and humbled to be adding this distinguished American leader to Starbucks Board of Directors,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and ceo. “Secretary Gates has devoted his life to serving our country and our next generation of leaders and public servants. His unique global perspective and more than four decades of distinguished public service will complement and strengthen our Board as we accelerate our global growth and expand our commitment to the communities where we do business all around the world.”