VOA慢速英语[娱乐报道] 星巴克CEO将于明年4月卸任

来源:VOA 2019-03-27

VOA慢速英语

2016-12-02

 

 New Starbucks CEO to Take Over in 2017 

 
This is Whats Trending Today.
 
The coffee company Starbucks said its chief executive officer, Howard Schultz, plans to leave his position in April of 2017. He will reportedly work on a new Starbucks brand.
 
Schultz, 63, is credited with greatly expanding the company and its brand worldwide. He began working with Starbucks in 1982 as the operations and marketing director. At the time, Starbucks had just four coffee shops. All were in Seattle, Washington.
 
Today, the company has 24,000 stores in 70 countries.
 
Starbucks opened its first store outside of the U.S. in 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, Starbucks stores have opened in China, Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico and many other places.
 
Schultz was the companys CEO from 1987 until 2000. He became the CEO again in 2008. Kevin Johnson will replace him. Johnson is currently the companys chief operating officer and once worked with Microsoft.
 
Schultz said that after he steps down, he will work to make a special Starbucks brand bigger. That brand is called Starbucks Reserve. It serves high-quality drinks. The coffee served in its cafes can be two times more expensive than regular Starbucks coffee.
 
There are still very few Starbucks Reserve stores. But, Starbucks reportedly plans to open many more of these cafes around the world in the near future.
 
People reacted to the news of Schultzs departure on social media. Some Twitter users had not heard of Starbucks Reserve stores before.
 
One person wrote: “high-end coffee? Isnt that what Starbucks is? If paying $3.16 for an iced medium coffee isnt high-end, I dont know what is.” 
 
Another person wrote: “Ill not purchase one $12 coffee in my lifetime.”
 
Others on social media wondered if Schultz was considering running for president in 2020. He supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the recent U.S. elections
 
And thats Whats Trending Today.
 
Im Dan Friedell.



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