Supply Chain Innovation and Leadership Series (SCILS) -- Peter D. Gibbons


Building E51-325
MIT Campus

Peter D. Gibbons
Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations

Starbucks Coffee Company

Supply Chain’s Role in Facilitating Business Strategy

As Starbucks executive vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations, Peter D. Gibbons is responsible for all of the products that contribute to the Starbucks Experience – from the coffee in your cup, to the cup itself and the table it rests on – at every Starbucks store around the world.

Peter, who joined Starbucks in February 2007 as senior vice president for Global Manufacturing Operations, has responsibility for the overall business management of Starbucks manufacturing, engineering, procurement, distribution, planning, transportation, inventory management and worldwide coffee and tea sourcing. This work includes operation of Starbucks global network of roasting plants in Kent, Wash.; York, Penn.; Carson Valley, Nev.; Sandy Run, S.C., Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Tazo tea blending facility in Portland, Ore.

Peter and his team work to ensure a long-term supply of quality products that enhance the customer experience while ensuring cost competiveness and efficiency. He is also responsible to helping Starbucks live up to its commitment to making a positive impact on the environment and in the communities where Starbucks products are sourced. Peter’s background includes leading manufacturing and supply chain efforts in Europe, Latin America and North America. He started his career with the synthetic fibers division of ICI, a global chemical company. He then worked with the business development team supporting engineering and manufacturing companies for the Scottish Development Agency. Peter later re-joined ICI and spent the next 18 years with ICI’s architectural and industrial paints business working in a variety of operations, finance and IT roles.

Peter received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Edinburgh and his master’s in business administration from the Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland.