Former Starbucks executive joins the coffee chain as a vice president.

Bill Robards is the new vice president of store development for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. In this role, Robards will manage the brand's growth and expansion plans in the U.S.

Robards' background includes serving as senior vice president of development for JP Morgan Chase & Co. and previously he worked with Starbucks as divisional vice president of assets/facilities. He also spent several years with McDonald's Corporation in the real estate division, according to a company release.