It’s #GivingTuesday! Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on why it’s important for companies to give back
About Howard Schultz
Mr. Howard D. Schultz is the Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President at Starbucks Corporation. He founded Starbucks Corporation in 1985, has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2008 and its Chairman since 1985.
Mr. Schultz serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Lighthearted Entertainment, Inc. He is a Co-Founder, Partner, and Member of Management Board of Maveron LLC. Mr. Schultz co-founded the firm in 1998. He is also a Co-Founder and Partner of Maveron Equity Partners IV, L.P. He has been a Partner with Dan Levitan since 1998.
Mr. Schultz served as the Chief Global Strategist at Starbucks Corporation from June 2000 to February 2004 and also as the Chief Executive Officer from 1985 to June 2000. He served as the President at Starbucks Corporation from 1985 to June 1994. From September 1982 to December 1985, he served as the Director of Retail Operations and Marketing at Starbucks Coffee Company, a predecessor to Starbucks. From January 1986 to July 1987, Mr. Schultz served as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of IL Giornale Coffee Company, another predecessor to Starbucks.
In 1997, he created Starbucks Foundation to raise awareness for literacy causes and to give grants to organizations that promote literacy.
Mr. Schultz serves as a Director of Pinkberry, Inc. He serves as a Director of Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC, and Starbucks Corporation. He served as a Director of Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc. from October 2004 to May 7, 2008. He served as a Director of Groupon, Inc. from February 10, 2011 to May 2012. He served as Director of eBay Inc. He served as a Director of Drugstore.com Inc. In 2001, Mr. Schultz, an avid sports fan, established The Basketball Club of Seattle, LLC.
He received many prestigious awards in recognition of his numerous business and community contributions, including the Business Enterprise Trust Award for courage, integrity and social vision in business; the International Humanitarian Award for CARE for his vision and leadership in developing an innovative partnership between Starbucks and CARE to support people in coffee-origin countries; the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah for individuals making significant contributions to improving the lives of people around the world; the National Leadership Award for philanthropic and educational efforts to battle AIDS from AIDS Action; Horatio Alger Award in 2007; the Business Leader of the Year Award from Georgetown University; the Botwinick Prize for Business Ethics from Columbia University; and the 1991 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In 2002, Mr. Schultz was named one of the top 25 Managers of the Year by Business Week magazine, and most recently he was named to the 2004 “Time 100”, Time magazine's list of the most influential people of the 20th Century. Mr. Schultz holds a B.S. from Northern Michigan University and BA from University of Colorado–Boulder.
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