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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Next-Level Leadership

Given that it's December, it's only natural to want to look ahead to the coming year (or even years) to get an idea of what our businesses might look like in the future. Only, that can be a fool's errand.

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Redefining Service in an Evolving Industry

What is service? How is service evolving? Where is service going? These are important questions that foodservice operators across all industry segments need to ask to thrive in today’s market.

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Foodservice and the Economy Gain Steam and Two Operators Introduce New Concepts

The foodservice industry posted a modest gain in November, according to the National Restaurant Association. Consumer eating habits continue to evolve, according to the NPD Group. Cameron Mitchell and the Madera Group introduce new concepts, while the Cheesecake Factory expands its Asian concept. Is the economy gaining momentum? One key metric says yes. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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Johnson to Become Starbucks COO

Former Microsoft executive will replace Alstead on March 1.

Kevin Johnson will become president and chief operating officer for Starbucks Corporation, effective March 1. Johnson has been a Starbucks board member since 2009.

In addition to serving as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team, Johnson will continue to be a member of the coffee giant's board of directors. As president and chief operating officer, Johnson will lead the company's global operating businesses across the Americas, EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa), and China/Asia Pacific, as well as Starbucks supply chain, information technology, and mobile and digital platforms. Reporting to Johnson will be Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana; John Culver, group president, China/Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands; as well as other senior leaders responsible for Starbucks supply chain, mobile and digital, and information technology organizations.

This announcement comes a few weeks after Starbucks announced Starbucks chief operating officer and 23-year partner Troy Alstead will take a sabbatical beginning March 1 to spend more time with his family.

Johnson's background includes serving as chief executive officer of Juniper Networks, Inc., president of the Platforms Division at Microsoft Corporation and IBM.

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