Matthew Ryan

Former Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Starbucks Corp.

Matthew Ryan

Matthew Ryan

Former Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Starbucks Corp.


Matthew Ryan joined the Boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. in January 2020. He is a member of the Finance Committee and the Quality and Health Improvement Committee. Ryan has extensive senior-level experience in the areas of customer digital experience, innovation, product development, and brand management.

Ryan is chief marketing officer for Starbucks. In this role, he leads the marketing, brand, and product functions and is accountable for ensuring that the customer is at the heart of everything Starbucks does. Ryan’s specific responsibilities include the development and execution of marketing plans, and management of the food and beverage portfolio including new product development, digital customer experience innovation, creative and brand management, data analytics, and consumer insights.

Prior to serving as CMO, Ryan served as Starbucks’ chief strategy officer, with responsibilities for the enterprise’s long-term strategic planning process; identifying new avenues for growth; and sharpening customer relationship management, loyalty, and digital capabilities.

Before joining Starbucks in May 2013, Ryan was senior vice president of global brand, franchise, and customer relationship management for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Ryan led the stewardship and development of Disney’s global brand equity across the company. He provided consumer input into the company’s long-term strategic planning, oversaw the development and cultivation of character franchises, and led development of enterprise customer relationship management programs, including the Disney Rewards Visa Card. Ryan has also held strategic planning roles with several national and international advertising agencies.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

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Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc.

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Executive Vice President & Chief Partner Officer at Starbucks Corp.

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Co-Founder at Schultz Family Foundation

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Chief Transformation Officer at Starbucks Corp.

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Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President at Starbucks Corp.

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Group President, Siren Retail at Starbucks Corp.

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Group President, International, Channel Development & Global Coffee & Tea at Starbucks Corp.

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President at J.C. Penney Mexico, Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Starbucks Corp.

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Chairman at Alta Growth Capital Management Mexico (GP) LLC

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Matthew Ryan
Former Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Starbucks Corp.
BA in History & Literature, magna cum laude

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Career History
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
2013 - 2020

Starbucks Corp. engages in the production, marketing, and retailing of specialty coffee. It operates through the following segments: Americas; China/Asia Pacific (CAP); Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Channel Development. The Americas, CAP, EMEA segments sells coffee and other beverages, complementary food, packaged coffees, single-serve coffee products, and a focused selection of merchandise through company-oriented stores, and licensed stores. The Channel Development segment include sales of packaged coffee, tea, and ready-to-drink beverages to customers outside of its company-operated and licensed stores. The company brands include Evolution Fresh, Teavana, Tazo Tea and Seattle's Best. Starbucks was founded by Jerry Baldwin and Howard D. Schultz on November 4, 1985 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Senior Vice President of Brand, Franchise & Customer Relationship Management
1998 - 2013

The Walt Disney Co. is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise. It operates through the following segments: Media Networks, Parks, Experiences and Products, Studio Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI). The Media Networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, radio networks and stations. The Parks, Experiences and Products segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; the Disneyland Resort in California; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii; the Disney Vacation Club; the Disney Cruise Line; and Adventures by Disney. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. This segment distributes films primarily under the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Touchstone banners. The DTCI segment licenses the company's trade names, characters and visual and literary properties to various manufacturers, game developers, publishers and retailers throughout the world. It also develops and publishes games, primarily for mobile platforms, and books, magazines and comic books. This segment also distributes branded merchandise directly through retail, online and wholesale businesses. The Walt Disney was founded by Walter Elias Disney on October 16, 1923 and is headquartered in Burbank, CA.

Vice President, Account Director
1988 - 1991

Armando Testa SpA provides advertising services. The firm provides public relations, marketing, publishing, media, communications, and video services. It has offices in Turin, Milan, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, and London. The company was founded in 1937 by Armando Testa and is located in Turin, Italy.

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2020 - Current

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. provides health care services. It offers mental health and wellness and community health services. The company was founded by Sidney Garfield and Henry J. Kaiser on July 21, 1945 and is headquartered in Oakland, CA.

Member, Board of Directors

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Inc. owns and operates community hospitals. It provides or arranges hospital services and sponsors charitable, educational, and research activities. The company was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Oakland, CA.


The Starbucks Foundation was established in 1997. It strengthens communities around the world by advancing opportunities for youth, veterans, refugees and coffee, tea and cocoa farmers and their families, supporting communities affected by disaster, and promoting civic engagement. The Starbucks Foundation is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law, and receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations.

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