People: Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O)
7 Mar 2014
Dr. Robert M. Gates has been appointed as Independent Director of Starbucks Corporation, effective May 1, 2012. He served in numerous roles in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government for nearly half a century, culminating as Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. He was the first defense secretary to serve under presidents from both political parties – President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. Upon Secretary Gates’ retirement in June 2011, he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a president can bestow on a civilian. In September 2011 he was named the 24th chancellor of the College of William & Mary. Secretary Gates also served as president of Texas A&M University between 2002 and 2006. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from the College of William & Mary, a master’s degree in history from Indiana University and a doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. In addition to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Secretary Gates is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors, including recognition as one of TIME’s Most Influential People in 2007.
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