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• Starbucks Coffee Company announced it has appointed community leader Blair Taylor as chief community officer. Taylor currently serves as President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, and he will begin his new job in July.

According to the company, "Taylor will report to Schultz and be a member of Starbucks Senior Leadership Team. In this newly created position, he will lead the company's Community, Government Relations, Diversity and Global Responsibility teams. He will also serve as a member of the Starbucks Foundation Board of Directors."

Taylor is described as "a visionary leader and coalition builder with nearly 25 years of public- and private-sector experience, including deep expertise in education, urban development, business and community empowerment. His previous experience includes working at both PepsiCo and IBM, where he held numerous brand marketing, strategy, and executive sales positions."
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