Starbucks names Laxman Narasimhan as new CEO, starting in April

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Laxman Narasimhan
Source: BusinessWire

Starbucks on Thursday named Laxman Narasimhan as its next chief executive officer.

Shares of the company rose less than 1% in extended trading on the news.

Narasimhan most recently served as CEO of Reckitt, a health, hygiene and nutrition company. He announced earlier Thursday he was stepping down from that role. He’ll join Starbucks in October, learning about the company and its reinvention plan, before assuming the top job in April.

Until April, Howard Schultz will continue as interim CEO of the coffee chain he grew into a global giant. Schultz will remain on Starbucks’ board after Narasimhan succeeds him.

Narasimhan previously worked at PepsiCo, serving as its global chief commercial officer among other roles. Prior to working at the food and beverage giant, he was a senior partner at McKinsey.

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