Starbucks Brand And Reputation VP Steps In To Fill Public Affairs Role


John Kelly, executive vice president of public affairs and social impact at Starbucks Corp., announced in a LinkedIn post that he was stepping down from the Seattle-based coffee chain.

Gina Woods, who has been with Starbucks for nearly 16 years and currently serves as senior vice president of brand and reputation marketing, will act as interim leader while a replacement can be found for Kelly’s role.

Kelly will take some time off and then be in an advisory role through the end of the year, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a letter to employees, which Kelly shared publicly on LinkedIn.

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