Howard Schultz (born July 19, 1953) is an American businessman. He is the chairman and CEO of Starbucks and a former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Square, Inc. Schultz was born to a Jewish family on July 19, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.
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Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz sent out a company-wide letter following President Donald Trump’s decision to sign an executive order that bans citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. [...] the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” Schultz wrote. Schultz’s letter went on to detail some of the actions the company is taking, including plans to hire 10,000 refugees.
At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don’t want your business. After saying Starbucks wants to “embrace diversity of all kinds,” he told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company. According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons.
Howard Schultz was presented with "The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award" by the The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah in August 27, 1998. According to the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah "The Friends of Zion award salutes leaders who have played key roles in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel"
For CEO Howard Schultz, supporting gay rights meant directly confronting an investor who claimed the company's stance was eroding its bottom line. "If you feel respectfully that you can get a higher return [than] the 38% you got last year, it's a free country," Schultz said at the 2013 investor meeting. "You could sell your shares at Starbucks (SBUX) and buy shares in other companies."
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