Executive Vice President at Starbucks and USD Alum to Deliver Commencement Address

Monday, April 10, 2017TOPICS: Guest Speakers

Chris Carr '86 (Business Administration)Chris Carr '86 (Business Administration)

Chris Carr '86 (Business Administration), executive vice president and chief procurement officer at Starbucks, will deliver the School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Commencement Address on May 28, 2017. 

At Starbucks, Carr is responsible for enhancing the enterprise-wide functional strategic sourcing supplier relationship capability, including the global sourcing processes, sourcing talent management program and building a uniform approach toward suppliers across all categories of spend. He is also accountable for shaping Starbucks’ global supplier base into an integrated eco-system that is accretive to the company’s values and generates customer-insight driven innovation.

Previously, Carr served Starbucks as executive vice president, licensed stores U.S. and Americas where he was responsible for the strategic planning, annual operations, market planning and profitability for the region’s 6,200 licensed stores generating annual system-wide sales in excess of $3 billion. Carr has served in several senior executive retail operations positions for both Starbucks company-operated and licensed stores where he’s played a critical role on the Americas leadership team with developing and bringing the company’s transformation agenda to life. The turnaround of the company’s performance led to all-time highs in partner (employee) engagement, customer satisfaction and shareholder value.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Carr spent the majority of his career with ExxonMobil, developing, leading and implementing retail operational strategies for its Global Fuels Marketing downstream businesses.

In addition to serving on USD’s Emerging Leaders Council, he serves on many national boards including the board of trustees at Howard University and Recreational Equipment (REI).

Carr grew up in Los Angeles, California, and now resides in Bellevue, Washington with his wife, their two teenage children, and Dallas, the family labradoodle.


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