Actually, it appears that the change was planned before Schultz made his stupid comment but the Daily Mail is connecting the two. We reported on Schultz’ inanity when it happened and noted that other coffee companies are making hay out of it. Black Rifle Coffee, for instance, consequently promised to hire as many veterans.
“Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz prepares to step down amid on-going boycott by Trump supporters following his vow to hire 10,000 refugees and rumors of a Democratic presidential bid”
Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, is weeks away from stepping down from his role at the giant coffee chain next month.
The move was announced in December 2016, and Schultz will remain at the company as executive chairman. Kevin Johnson, Starbucks’ chief operating officer, will take on the role as CEO on April 3, 2017.
Earlier this year, Schultz made a vow to hire thousands refugees in response to President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the chain since January 29, when Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over five years.”
More at the UK Daily Mail