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October 8, 2015

Former Adobe CIO named as first ever Starbucks CTO

News: Gerri Martin-Flickinger tasked with leading the next phase of innovation and growth at Starbucks.

By Ellie Burns

Ex-Adobe CIO Gerri Martin-Flickinger is stepping into the role of chief technology officer at Starbucks, effective November 2.

In the newly created role, Martin-Flickinger will lead the global IT function and play a leading role in shaping the technology agenda across the Starbucks business.

Serving as a member of the company’s senior leadership team, she will report to Starbucks president and chief operating officer Kevin Johnson.

At Adobe, where she was a senior vice president in addition to CIO, she oversaw Adobe’s transformation to a cloud-based business and was responsible for Adobe’s global Information Technology team.

Before Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was CIO of VeriSign and, prior to this, served as CIO for Network Associates and McAfee Associates.

Martin-Flickinger said: ""I’ve had the pleasure of working with an amazing team at Adobe, and I look forward to taking this next step in my career as I assume the role of chief technology officer at Starbucks, a brand that I love.

"The Pacific Northwest is where I was raised, so I am pleased to be returning there. I am thrilled to be joining the strong team already in place at Starbucks.

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"Starbucks is on the cusp of entering into its next phase of technology leadership, and I am honored to be working alongside Starbucks strong IT management team to map out our long-term strategy."

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