US coffee shop chain Starbucks has announced the appointment of Gerardo Lopez senior vice president and president of global consumer products, effective 4 October.

In this newly created role, Lopez will lead the strategy to support Starbucks' growth and expansion of consumer product offerings worldwide. Lopez will report to Jim Donald, president, North America.
Previously, Lopez served as president, Handleman Entertainment Resources, which provides category management and distribution services for pre-recorded music for Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other large retailers. He has also held the position of president, international division for International Home Foods; corporate vice president, sales and distribution, for Grupo Industrial Maseca (Mission Foods); area vice president, Frito Lay; and senior level marketing positions at PepsiCo and Procter and Gamble.