Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced the hiring of Kathryn S. Brooks as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development. This new position has been created in response to the Company’s growth and corresponding organizational requirements. Ms. Brooks has over 20 years of human resources experience that will support Green Mountain Coffee in meeting its organizational demands as a growing, socially responsible company.

Brooks received a B.S. degree from Southern Connecticut State University and a M.S. from the University of New Haven. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee, her human resources career most recently included senior management positions at Bombardier Capital, Inc. in Colchester, Vermont and Webster Financial in Waterbury, Connecticut.

“I am very excited that Kathy has joined Green Mountain Coffee,” said Robert P. Stiller, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. “While at Webster Financial Corporation, Kathy managed the changing needs of a workforce that grew from 900 to 2700 employees in three years. Her extensive human resource experience will be a great asset as the Company seeks to continue on its high growth path.”

“Kathy also shares Green Mountain Coffee’s commitment to employee involvement through training and skill-building programs” Stiller continued. “Her experience in organizational development activities and implementation of Human Resources systems will be a great benefit to the Company. I look forward to Kathy helping to take the Company to the next level, in terms of skills and organizational development.”

Brooks said, “People at Green Mountain Coffee are as passionate about how they build and manage the organization as they are about coffee. I share this passion and look forward to working with the Senior Leadership Team to strengthen the link between Green Mountain Coffee’s employee programs and the Company’s strategic goals.”

Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. is a leader in the specialty coffee industry and has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Best 200 Small Companies in America.” The Company roasts high-quality arabica coffees and offers over 60 varieties including single-origin, estate, certified organic, Fair Trade, signature blends, and flavored coffees that it sells under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters® brand. The majority of Green Mountain Coffee’s revenue is derived from its wholesale operation that serves supermarkets, convenience stores, offices, and other locations where fine coffees are sold. Green Mountain Coffee also operates a direct mail business and an e-commerce website ( with secure on-line ordering for customers from its Waterbury, Vermont headquarters. The Company seeks to make the world a better place for present and future generations by operating in an environmentally and socially conscientious manner.

Certain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those set forth in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in availability and cost of green coffee, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and more generally in the food and beverage industry, the impact of the loss of one or more major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, economic conditions, variances from budgeted sales mix and growth rate, customer acceptance of the Company’s new products, the impact of a tighter job market, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risk factors as described more fully in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.