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Breaking News: Starbucks Hires Former CEO of Juniper Networks as COO Featured

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Starbucks Hires Former CEO of Juniper Networks and Microsoft Veteran as COO

Starbucks appoints Kevin R. Johnson, 53, the former CEO of Juniper Networks, and a veteran of Microsoft and IBM, to be its new COO. Johnson has been a Starbucks board member since 2009. Troy Alstead, who Johnson is replacing, is taking a leave of absence. As president and COO, Johnson will lead the company’s global operating businesses across the Americas, EMEA, and China/Asia Pacific, as well as Starbucks supply chain, IT, mobile and digital platforms.

Johnson served as CEO of Juniper Networks from 2008 through December 2013. Prior to that, Johnson served as the president of the Platforms Division at Microsoft and was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team and held a number of senior executive positions over the course of his 16 years at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992, he worked for IBM’s systems integration and consulting business. In 2008, Johnson was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) where he served through the end of 2013.

Date: January 26, 2015

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Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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