Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and the Trump Effect
After the former chief executive officer (CEO) of U.S.-based Starbucks started to voice his political opinions in September 2016, both Starbucks and the CEO faced backlash. As the CEO and former chairman of a large company, he may have felt entitled to voice his opinion as an individual voter. However, public backlash-from both sides of the U.S. political spectrum-suggested that commentators, looking to respond to him, were actually targeting Starbucks. In 2019, the challenge for Starbucks' new CEO was to find a way to tactfully extricate Starbucks from political conversations.