Corey duBrowa, SVP, global communications, Starbucks: Power List 2016

2016 rank: 26

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has often said stewarding the Starbucks brand is a matter of love and responsibility. Corey is one of the people who takes that love and responsibility to heart as he leads a team of world-class communicators who all feel that sense of duty to the 300,000 employees (we call them partners) in 71 countries who wear the green apron.

As a company and brand built primarily through the experience created by our partners, Corey gets to honor their work and hear their inspirational stories daily. I can attest to how that has grounded both of us and helped us lead Starbucks in good and tough times.

Corey has elevated Starbucks’ narrative around the globe. He has infused passion and creativity into our brand expression and helped chart a comms and media sensibility based on transparency and approachability.

Whether it’s his personal interest in sports, his eclectic musical tastes, his role in creating Starbucks’ social impact around the globe, or the rollout of our newest espresso beverage, Corey brings his all to the table in all he does — and it’s infectious.

Starbucks is lucky to have Corey at the helm of our global communications unit.

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