group president, Starbucks Coffee China
and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands
John Culver is group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands.
In this role, John leverages his 10-plus years of retail and consumer packaged goods experience at Starbucks to lead the company's global Channel Development and Emerging Brands portfolio while also overseeing the growth of the company's fastest-growing retail segment in the China and Asia Pacific region, which includes Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
In the six years prior to his
promotion to group president, John
focused on developing the talent, business model and infrastructure required for the aggressive growth of Starbucks
international business with record results.
Most recently, he served as president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, with responsibility for company-operated, joint-venture, and licensed operations.
In this role, he
successfully led Starbucks
entry into India and Vietnam.
From 2009-2011, John
was president, Starbucks
Coffee International (SCI), where he
led teams responsible for the overall management, business development and operations of Starbucks
in all markets outside the U.S. Through his
passionate leadership of SCI
team created a strong foundation that helped fuel Starbucks international growth.
From 2007 to 2009, John held the role of president, Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific, responsible for cultivating the Starbucks Experience for all Starbucks company-operated, joint venture and licensed markets within the Asia Pacific region.
brand presence continued to expand rapidly across the region, which consists of the Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand markets.
John joined Starbucks in August 2002 as vice president and general manager, Foodservice, responsible for leading sales, marketing and operations.
focus on building brand awareness in traditional foodservice venues included positioning the Starbucks
"We Proudly Brew," Seattle's Best Coffee "Serving the Best" and Torrefazione Italia "Featuring Torrefazione Italia" brands.
team worked to increase the presence of the Starbucks
brand with key U.S. customers and to ensure that our quality standards were maintained in over 15,000 foodservice accounts.
He was later promoted to president, Global Consumer Products and Foodservice, leading the strategy to support Starbucks growth and expansion of consumer product offerings worldwide, including packaged coffee, ready-to-drink coffee, ice cream and Tazo® teas and drinks.
Before joining Starbucks, John was Vice President, Sales for Nestlé USA where he was responsible for foodservice sales and the development of more than 30 brands.
Prior to Nestlé, John held various management positions within Houlihan's Restaurants.
John currently serves on the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Advisory Council for the University of Washington's Foster School of Business.
In 2011, John
was named Florida State University's Alumnus of the Year
by the Society of Hosts
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in hotel and restaurant administration from Florida State University.
He recently served on the Board of Directors for the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) as a member and as treasurer.
He has also served on the Advisory Board for the Pacific Northwest Hospitality Industry, supporting City of Hope.
Dec 1, 2009
Starbucks Appoints John Culver as President, Starbucks Coffee International
Feb 9, 2009
Starbucks John Culver
to Succeed Gerardo Lopez as Executive Vice President; President, Global Consumer Products
and Seattle's Best Coffee