SOLD-OUT: Local Leaders on Global Issues: John Culver, Group President, Starbucks Coffee China/Asia Pacific
March 18th, 2016
Join the World Affairs Council and the World Trade Center Seattle for a discussion with John Culver, Group President, Starbucks Coffee China/Asia Pacific, Channel Development. The conversation will be moderated by Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
This event is part of the 2015-2016 Community Programs Local Leaders on Global Issues Series
Seattle is a global brand, known for its innovation and entrepreneurialism. From personal computing to coffee, from how we travel to how we shop, greater Seattle has changed the world. Global challenges—whether in the economy, trade, or politics—are inherently local challenges. Join the World Affairs Council and the World Trade Center Seattle for a new series exploring how Seattle’s business leaders are addressing some of the global challenges they and their peers face.
A breakfast will be provided at this event.
About our speaker:
John Culver is group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands. In this role, John leverages his 10-plus years of retail and consumer packaged goods experience at Starbucks to lead the company’s Global Channel Development and Emerging Brands portfolio while also overseeing the company’s fastest-growing retail segment in the China and Asia Pacific region (CAP), which includes Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
In the six years prior to his promotion to group president, John focused on developing the talent, business model and infrastructure required for the aggressive growth of Starbucks international business with record results. Most recently, he served as president of CAP, with responsibility for company-operated, joint-venture, and licensed operations. In this role, he successfully led Starbucks entry into India and Vietnam. From 2009-2011, John was president, Starbucks Coffee International (SCI), where he led teams responsible for the overall management, business development and operations of Starbucks in all markets outside the U.S. Through his passionate leadership of SCI, he and his team created a strong foundation that helped fuel Starbucks international growth.
Before joining Starbucks, John was Vice President of Sales for Nestlé USA where he was responsible for foodservice sales and the development of more than 30 brands. Prior to Nestlé, John held various management positions within Houlihan’s Restaurants.
John currently serves on the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Advisory Council for the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. In 2011, John was named Florida State University’s Alumnus of the Year by the Society of Hosts.
About our moderator:
Phyllis Campbell is the Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho across businesses, representing JPMorgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level to clients.
Previously, Phyllis served as the President/CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the largest community foundation in Washington. During her tenure, the Foundation doubled in charitable assets, to $600 million. Prior to that, Phyllis was the President/CEO of U.S. Bank of Washington for over six years. Under her leadership, the Bank doubled in size, through customer-focused growth initiatives and acquisitions.
Phyllis has a proven track record of board service, both in the for profit and not-for-profit sectors. She is the lead independent director for Alaska Air Group, a NYSE listed company. She serves on the Nordstrom board of directors and on the North American Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) of Toyota. Phyllis is on the nonprofit boards of PATH, the US-Japan Council, and the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), among others. She is a member of the NACD Audit Committee Chair National Advisory Council.
Phyllis holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program, a B.A. in Business Administration from Washington State University, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, as well as Stanford University’s Executive Management Program. Phyllis also holds honorary doctorates from Whitworth University and Gonzaga University.