George Dowdie

Occupation: Businessman;

Position: Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain;

Company: Starbucks Corporation;

Industry: Food & Beverage;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

George Dowdie

George Dowdie

George Dowdie, is Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Starbucks, the world's largest coffeehouse chain, since October 2013. He is responsible for Starbucks end-to-end supply chain, including procurement, manufacturing, and distribution, as well as critical quality and food safety initiatives. In this leadership role, Mr. Dowdie shapes and operationalizes supply chain strategies that enable the Starbucks Experience globally.

Mr. Dowdie has extensive experience in food safety and quality strategy, research and development, new product development and commercialization, innovation management, and new business development across a broad range of consumer products.

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Mr. Dowdie enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with his family. His favourite Starbucks beverage is a tall Americano with steamed milk.

Work Experience

  • Senior VP of Global Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory, Starbucks.
  • Senior VP Global R&D and Quality, Campbell Soup Company, 10 years.
  • Held leadership role, Pernod Ricard.
  • Held leadership role, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons.
  • Held leadership role, Frito-Lay, 9 years.

Board and Advisor Roles

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Conagra Brands, Inc.


  • Mr. Dowdie was recognized with Campbell's Influence With Honor leadership award in 2005.

Philanthropy, Community Service and Memberships

  • He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.


  • Completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business
  • He has completed the Executive Management Program at INSEAD Business School in France.
  • He has also pursued studies in finance and accounting at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, operations and technology management at California Institute of Technology, and brand management at the University of Chicago.
  • Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Louisiana State University
  • B.S. from Tuskegee University
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