Kevin Johnson (executive)

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Kevin Johnson
Born (1960-10-09) October 9, 1960 (age 57)
Residence Bellevue, Washington
Alma mater New Mexico State University
Occupation President and CEO, Starbucks

Kevin R. Johnson (born October 9, 1960) is an American businessman. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Starbucks Corporation and was previously the CEO and a member of the board of directors of Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, California, from September 2008 to January 2014.[1][2] Johnson assumed the helm as CEO on April 3, 2017.[3]


Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from New Mexico State University.[4] He began his career as a software developer in IBM's systems integration and consulting business in 1981.

Johnson joined Microsoft in 1992, where he served in a range of executive assignments for 16 years. Johnson was appointed group vice president of Microsoft's worldwide sales, marketing and services in 2003, and he was named co-president of the Windows and Online Services division in 2005. When fellow co-president Jim Allchin retired a year later, Johnson was named president of the Windows and Online Services division.[2]

Johnson also served as a member of the Western Region Board of Advisors of Catalyst, a non-profit organization dedicated to women's career advancement.[4] He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and is also a board member of Starbucks Coffee Company.[5]

Johnson joined as CEO of Juniper Networks in September 2008.[6][7][8][9] In a statement announcing Johnson's departure from Microsoft to serve as CEO of Juniper, Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft, praised Johnson's contribution to the company, "Kevin has built a supremely talented organization and laid the foundation for the future success of Windows and our Online Services Business. This new structure will give us more agility and focus in two very competitive arenas," Ballmer said. "It has been a pleasure to work with Kevin, and we wish him well in the future."

Johnson was succeeded as Juniper CEO by Shaygan Kheradpir in January 2014. [10] He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Corporation. On December 1, 2016 it was announced, that in April 2017, Howard Schultz would step down as CEO of Starbucks, and Johnson would succeed him. [11] Under Johnson's leadership as CEO, Starbucks aims to grow from roughly 26,000 locations today to 37,000 by 2021.[12]

Johnson revealed that a brush with skin cancer earlier in his career prompted him to take a step back from work in order to prioritize his health, loved ones and "things that are joyful."[13] Paid family leave advocates have appealed to Johnson to include baristas in the company's paid parental family policy for corporate employees, citing the need for families to be able to care for the birth of a child or a relative battling cancer.[14]


  1. ^ "Juniper Networks Names Kevin Johnson Chief Executive Officer". July 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Kevin Johnson to leave Microsoft for Juniper". CNET NEWS. July 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ "How Starbucks Can Guarantee Its CEO Transition Succeeds". Fast Company. April 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Juniper Hires Microsoft's Kevin Johnson As CEO". EFY News Network. July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Executive Team". October 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft Windows Exec Kevin Johnson Jumps To Juniper". InformationWeek. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Juniper CEO: Timing right to step aside". Network World. 2008-07-25. Archived from the original on 2009-01-24. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Kevin Johnson signed as new Juniper CEO". ITP.Net. July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Update: Windows and online chief to leave Microsoft in wake of Yahoo tussle". Computerworld. July 23, 2008. Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Juniper Networks gets new CEO". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  11. ^ McGrath, Maggie. "Howard Schultz Stepping Down As Starbucks CEO". Forbes. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Kate. "Starbucks' new CEO tells us he'll never be Howard Schultz halehluijah- and that's great news for the brand". Business Insider. Business Insider. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "A Conversation with New Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson". Starbucks Newsroom. Starbucks. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Everyone should have a shot at paid family leave". CNN. Retrieved 11 April 2017.