2015 rank: 24
2014 rank: 16
By Kirk Stewart, CEO, KTStewart
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has always believed that building a great, enduring company requires driving performance through the lens of humanity.
For the past five years, Corey duBrowa has brought to life Starbucks’ high-profile leadership initiatives with powerful storytelling. And, most importantly, he’s done it with a level of humanity we all should aspire to.
Corey cares deeply about people, first and foremost Starbucks’ 300,000-plus partners. He cares about the people who work for and with him and inspires them to accomplish things they never imagined possible.
He’s passionate about Starbucks’ brand, our profession, sharing success and knowledge with others, and his beloved Oregon Ducks. Above all, Corey has the conviction to do the right thing, even when it might be unpopular.
But the proof is the impact Corey and his team has on Starbucks’ business. During the last five years, revenue grew 53% and store numbers are up nearly 30% to 22,000 in 66 countries. And the brand was just ranked as Fortune’s fifth-most-admired global company. In typical Corey fashion, he will not take credit for any of this. But he really should.