Starbucks has a new COO, and one organization thinks there are a few things conservatives and customers need to know.
Starbucks Corporation announced the appointment of Rosalind Brewer as group president and chief operating officer, effective Oct. 2. Brewer, former president and CEO of Sam's Club and current Starbucks board member, has more than 30 years of management experience and more than 10 years of experience leading multi-national retailers.
"Starbucks is a culture-first company focused on performance, and Roz is a world-class operator and executive who embodies the values of Starbucks. She has been a trusted strategic counselor to me ever since she joined our board of directors, and I deeply value her insight, business acumen, and leadership expertise. Roz is the right leader to help us realize our greatest of ambitions in this next chapter of our journey," said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and CEO. "I am honored that Roz is joining Starbucks in this capacity and playing an important role with an accomplished team of senior leaders that reflects the strength and diversity of our organization."
But according to Justin Danhof of The National Center for Public Policy Research, Brewer is the modern-day definition of a diversity hire that promotes the left's version of diversity.
"What I mean by that is Starbucks is one of the most infamous left-wing companies in the United States of America, founded and run for so many years by Howard Schultz, one of the most left-leaning CEOs this country has probably ever seen," says Danhof. "This year at the annual shareholder meeting, it was quite interesting that he decided to hand the reins of full CEO over to Kevin Johnson, who is also a white male. So when it came to finding a new COO, it wasn't too surprising that they went with a woman of color, which is, of course, one of the great buzz words of academia and business today -- is you need to find women of color in powerful positions."
According to Danhof, Sam's Club did fine during Brewer's tenure, but not great.
"She became famous, and she got on a lot of people's radars in 2015 when she gave an interview on CNN and said that she had had a meeting recently with a team of suppliers and across the table that supply team was all white males," he continues. "That is what the left does with diversity these days -- they stop at the color of your skin and your gender, period. They do not care, as Martin Luther King, Jr. once asked, for the content of anybody's character. They only care about whether you check a box, that you are male or female, what your skin tone is, and then largely and increasingly what your sexuality is. And so she fit the bill perfectly as a woman of color."