After 6 Years as CTO, Gerri Martin-Flickinger to Leave Starbucks

Jamie Grill-Goodman
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Gerri Martin-Flickinger announced on her LinkedIn page that she’s leaving the coffee retailer after six years as Starbucks’ executive vice president and chief technology officer.

Martin-Flickinger joined Starbucks in 2015. The Charles Schwab board member and former EVP, CTO of Starbucks annouced on LinkedIn:

“Working at the intersection of consumer digital & technology at scale has been exciting, and I am looking forward to continuing to leverage my passion and knowledge, especially for companies beginning this journey or looking for a step-change in capabilities. I continue to have close ties to Silicon Valley tech, so my husband and I will likely land back in Northern CA as our girls head to college next year.
“It has been a privilege to lead the modernization, evolution & innovation of the digital business foundations for Starbucks; mobile order and pay, AI enablement, in-store technologies, and supply chain automation. Working side by side with so many talented technologists has been an honor, and I look forward to cheering on their next innovations as a customer!”

Prior to joining Starbucks, Martin-Flickinger served as SVP and chief information officer of Adobe Inc., a computer software company, from 2006 to 2015, where she led portions of Adobe’s technology transformation to a cloud-based, subscription services business. She has previously served as CIO at VeriSign, Inc., Network Associates, Inc., and McAfee Associates, Inc. She began her career at Chevron Corporation, where she held several senior positions. Martin-Flickinger served as a director of Tableau Software, Inc., a computer software company, from 2018 to 2019, when it was acquired by, Inc.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson commented on Martin-Flickinger LinkedIn post, congratulating her for all she’s achieved at the company and noting his gratitude for her work.

“Your passion and leadership of Starbucks Technology took our digital flywheel and mobile app to new highs with massive reach across our customer base,” he noted.

Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment.