Washington, D.C. 20549




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 6, 2017

Starbucks Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State of Incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
2401 Utah Avenue South,
 Seattle, Washington 98134

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(206) 447-1575
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On September 6, 2017, Starbucks Corporation (the “Company” or “Starbucks”) announced the appointment of Rosalind Brewer as group president, chief operating officer. She is expected to start in her new role effective October 2, 2017. Ms. Brewer ceased membership on all Starbucks board committees prior to her appointment as group president, chief operating officer. She will continue to serve on the Starbucks board of directors, which she joined in March 2017.
Ms. Brewer, 55, currently a non-employee director of the Company, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, a membership-only retail warehouse club and a division of Walmart, from February 2012 to February 2017. Previously, Ms. Brewer was Executive Vice President and President of Walmart’s East Business Unit from February 2011 to January 2012; Executive Vice President and President of Walmart South from February 2010 to February 2011; Senior Vice President and Division President of the Southeast Operating Division from March 2007 to January 2010; and Regional General Manager, Georgia Operations, from 2006 to February 2007. Prior to joining Walmart, Ms. Brewer was President of Global Nonwovens Division for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a global health and hygiene products company, from 2004 to 2006 and held various management positions at Kimberly-Clark Corporation from 1984 to 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Spelman College. Ms. Brewer formerly served as a director of Molson Coors Brewing Company.
In connection with Ms. Brewer’s appointment, the Compensation and Management Development Committee of the board of directors of the Company approved an annualized base salary of $1,000,000, an annual bonus target under the Company’s Executive Management Bonus Plan of 150% of base salary, a new hire equity award of $7,000,000 and a new hire cash award of $1,000,000. The equity award will consist of approximately 40% stock options and 60% time-vesting restricted stock units (“RSUs”). One-third of the stock options and RSUs will vest on each anniversary of the grant date over a period of three years, subject to continued employment. One-third of the new hire cash award will be paid 30 days after Ms. Brewer’s start date in her new role, one-third will be paid after twelve months of employment, and one-third will be paid after 24 months of employment, subject to continued employment. The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to Ms. Brewer’s Offer Letter dated August 23, 2017 which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Brewer and any other person pursuant to which Ms. Brewer was selected as an officer or director. There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers. Ms. Brewer has not had an interest in any transaction since the beginning of the Company’s last fiscal year, or any currently proposed transaction, that requires disclosure pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


Item 7.01.
Regulation FD Disclosure.
A copy of the Company’s press release relating to the announcement described in Item 5.02, dated September 6, 2017 is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits:
Offer Letter dated August 23, 2017 between Starbucks Corporation and Rosalind Brewer
Press Release dated September 6, 2017



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Dated: September 6, 2017
/s/ Paul Mutty
Paul Mutty
senior vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant