Starbucks VP of Creative Studios Jen Quotson is leaving the company after more than 14 years, the coffee chain confirmed Thursday. The company will immediately launch a search for a successor, considering both internal and external candidates, a Starbucks spokesperson wrote in an email.
Quotson held the VP of global creative studios role for over eight years, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to that role, she was creative director for over five years.
“Jen’s leadership and stewardship of the Studio is inseparable from how brilliantly Starbucks shows up across the world,” Starbucks CMO Brady Brewer wrote in a letter to employees.
This departure is the latest in a recent string of executive exits from Starbucks. Most recently, Tim Scharrer, managing director of Starbucks Coffee Trading Company, left the chain in October. Scharrer led the company’s coffee pricing and purchasing strategy.
There have been larger shakeups, too. In August, interim CEO Howard Schultz announced that Starbucks would dissolve its COO role at the end of fiscal 2022. This news accompanied additional role reshuffling as Schultz pursued “a different kind” of leadership at the chain, including the expansion of Frank Britt’s position from chief strategy officer to chief strategy and transformation officer. These changes followed the departure of Rossann Williams, Starbucks’ former EVP and president of U.S. retail and Canada, in June.