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• Starbucks announced that it has hired Kevin R. Johnson, the former CEO of Jupiter Networks, as its new COO, replacing Troy Alstead, who is going on an unpaid sabbatical. Johnson has been a member of the Starbucks board since 2009.

The move is seen as yet another affirmation of Starbucks' evolving view of itself as a technology company; earlier this week, the company said that 16 percent of its store transactions are being processed via mobile devices, and that the company has more than 13 million active mobile app users.

Advertising Age reports that fast feeder Chick-fil-A's vp-customer experience, Jon Bridges, has been promoted to chief marketing officer, succeeding Steve Robinson, who is retiring after 30 years running the company's marketing department.

According to the story, "Other executive changes for the chain include a shift for Andrew Cathy, son of president and CEO Dan Cathy, who was promoted to senior VP-chief people officer, a new position. Brent Ragsdale, another longtime Chick-Fil-A exec, was named chief financial officer."
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