Dorothy Kim, a Starbucks partner since 1995, leaves Starbucks. And here, so I hear, is Starbucks’ goodbye letter to her:

Dear Partners,

I would like to let you know that Dorothy Kim is resigning from the company, effective February 5.

Dorothy is a 14-year Starbucks partner who most recently led the company’s Global Strategy and Office of the CEO, reporting to me.  In this role she was responsible for operationalizing the company’s global business strategy and acting as a strategic liason with the Board of Directors.

She spent the majority of her career in Supply Chain Operations, where she held the roles of vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president over the course of nine years. She was instrumental in building and leading the global SCO function, responsible for manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, distributing, planning, transportation, supply chain integrated systems, inventory management, and worldwide sourcing of coffee.  

As a result of her departure, Global Strategy directors Catherine Cheung and Chanda Beppu will move into the Marketing and Strategy organization under the direction of Anne Young-Scrivner.  Leslie Pringle, administrative assistant, will also be moving into the Marketing and Strategy organization.

Please join me in thanking Dorothy for her many contributions to Starbucks over the years, and wishing her all the very best in her future endeavors.