Jim Donald: 21st Century Leadership

Jim Donald: 21st Century Leadership


Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks, Pathmark Supermarkets, and Extended Stay Hotels, tells stories of his success and failures, and most importantly how to be a 21st century leader and deliver an impactful message through storytelling.

In this video of his speech at a Denver business conference, Jim asks the important question: what are people going to remember you by? He outlines his entrepreneurial journey and shares an example of how he used storytelling (and a salmon!) to get Pathmark out of bankruptcy, take the company public, and break through people’s perceptions to get his message across.

Now the co-chairman of the board of Albertson’s, Jim Donald is a seasoned executive with a distinguished career in retail, including leading record growth while CEO of Starbucks with five straight years of 20%+ annual earnings increase. Called a “Turnaround King” for helping struggling companies find their footing, Jim discusses leadership in the 21st century and how to maximize individual and company success.

After you watch the video above, visit Jim’s speaker profile page to learn more about his extensive experience in leading retail brands, speech topics on leadership, customer loyalty, and storytelling, and to see if he would be a good fit to speak at one of your upcoming events.

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Co-Chairman of Albertsons, Former CEO of Starbucks, Former CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, & Former CEO of Pathmark Supermarkets

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Jim Donald – the current co-chairman and former CEO of Albertsons, and the former CEO of Starbucks, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Extended Stay Hotels – focuses on innovation, quality, and service. He started his career as a grocer; he was handpicked by Sam Walton to build a supermarket presence for Wal-Mart. He helped Starbucks enjoy record growth and performance and increase its social responsibility commitment. At Extended Stay Hotels, Donald utilizing his reputation for turning around ailing companies. Named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World,” he addresses leadership, management, the power of one customer.