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Starbucks Names COO, Reversing Earlier Plan to Leave Role Vacant

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Starbucks Corp. has named a new chief operating officer from within its executive ranks, backtracking on earlier plans to eliminate the role to promote a flatter management structure.

The coffee giant is promoting John Culver to the top operations job, it said in a statement, filling a role vacated earlier this year when Roz Brewer left to run Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. In January, Starbucks said it would be distributing Brewer’s responsibilities to other members of the leadership team instead of hiring a direct replacement.