Los Alamos High School Graduate Kevin Johnson Becomes CEO Of Starbucks April 3

LAHS 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson, left, takes the helm of Starbucks April 3 from retiring CEO Howard Schultz. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School 1978 graduate Kevin Johnson will become chief executive office and assume full responsibility for Starbucks global business and operations April 3. 

Johnson, his sister Kerry Hinsch and brother Dr. Tim Johnson all grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS. Dr. Tim Johnson, an optometrist at Eye Associates of New Mexico, still resides in Los Alamos. Johnson’s father, Jim Johnson, had a long career at Los Alamos National Laboratory and his mother, Carol Johnson, had a long career as a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Clinic of Los Alamos. They now live in Gig Harbor near Seattle, Wash.

Kevin Johnson has been president and chief operating officer of the Seattle-based company since March 2015 and is a seven-year member of the Starbuck’s board of directors.

Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz said he is delighted Johnson has agreed to accept his new role.

“This move ideally positions Starbucks to continue profitably growing our core business around the world into the future,” he said.

Johnson said that over the past two decades, he has grown to know Starbucks first as a customer, then as a director on the board, and for the past two years as a member of the management team. He said through that journey, he fell in love with Starbucks and shares Schultz’s commitment to the company’s mission and values and his optimism for the future.

“It is an honor for me to serve the more than 300,000 partners who proudly wear the green apron and I consider it a privilege to work side-by-side with Howard, our world-class board of directors, and a very talented leadership team,” Johnson said. “Together, we will reaffirm our leadership in all things coffee, enhance the partner experience and exceed the expectations of our customers and shareholders.  We believe in using our scale for good and having positive social impact in the communities we serve around the world.”

Johnson’s career spans 33 years in the technology industry, which includes a 16-year career at Microsoft and a five-year tour as CEO of Juniper Networks. At Microsoft, he led worldwide sales and marketing and became the president of the Platforms Division. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee where he served Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He joined the Starbucks board in 2009 and the management team in 2015.