Kevin Johnson named Starbucks CEO

In December 2016, Kevin Johnson ’81 was named chief executive officer at Starbucks. He began his new position April 3 in addition to his role as president. Johnson had been president and chief operating officer for the coffee giant since March 2015. He was responsible for Starbucks’ global operation businesses and core support functions throughout the company’s supply chain, marketing, human resources and technology as well as its mobile and digital platforms. He has been a board member since 2009. Prior to joining Starbucks, Johnson spent 16 years at Microsoft and five years at Juniper Networks as CEO. In 2008, he was appointed to the National Security Telecommunication Advisory Committee serving President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Johnson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU, will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the spring commencement ceremony in May.

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Kevin Johnson was also inducted into the NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.