Laxman Narasimhan, incoming Starbucks CEO, Sept. 7, 2022.
Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan advised workers Thursday that he’ll work a half day each month at one of many espresso big’s areas.
Narasimhan took the helm on Monday and can lead the corporate’s shareholder assembly Thursday. He joined Starbucks in October, spending months studying the enterprise. That included 40 hours of barista coaching and donning the baristas’ iconic inexperienced apron.
However he isn’t hanging up the apron simply but.
“To maintain us near the tradition and our prospects, in addition to to our challenges and alternatives, I intend to proceed working in shops for a half day every month, and I anticipate every member of the management group to additionally guarantee our assist facilities keep linked and engaged within the realities of our shops for dialogue and enchancment,” he wrote in a letter to workers Thursday morning.
His pledge comes at a rocky time for the corporate’s relationship with its baristas. As of Friday, greater than 190 company-owned Starbucks areas have voted to unionize, in response to Nationwide Labor Relations Board knowledge. Employees have cited unsafe working circumstances, understaffing and unreliable scheduling as a number of the the reason why they’re in favor of a union.
Earlier than becoming a member of Starbucks, Narasimhan was chief government of Reckitt, which owns manufacturers like Lysol and Durex. Beforehand, he labored at PepsiCo and McKinsey.