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With first CTO hire, Starbucks further invests in tech

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Underscoring the large role that technology plays in Starbucks’ current business, the coffee giant is bringing on its first chief technology officer, The New York Times reports. 

Gerri Martin-Flickinger, who most recently served as chief information officer at Adobe, will assume the CTO role, the NYT says. She will replace Curt Garner, Starbucks’ current CIO, who will likely leave the company in November. 

“You will note that I have given her the title of C.T.O. versus the C.I.O. title of the past,” Starbucks COO Kevin Johnson wrote in an email to employees, according to the NYT. “This is a reflection of the fact that I am looking for Gerri to not only be a great leader of our global IT function but also to contribute her expertise to help shape the global strategy and technical architecture that we are building to power Starbucks into the future.”

Though often at the front of the pack technology-wise, Starbucks has undertaken several tech endeavors of late, such as the nationwide rollout of its Mobile Order & Pay functionality and the addition of new incentives to its mobile app.

Read the full story via The New York Times

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