Jim Donald joined the Advisory Board of Jacobs Holding AG in 2015. He has been a member of the Board of Directors at Barry Callebaut since 2008. Prior to these roles, Jim served from October 1996 to October 2002 as Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Pathmark Stores, Inc., a USD 4.6 billion regional supermarket chain located in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to that time, he held a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s, Inc., Safeway, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. From October 2002 to March 2005, Jim served as President of Starbucks, North America. Under his leadership, Starbucks experienced strong growth and performance. Jim Donald was also President & Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation from April 2005 to January 2008. Furthermore, Jim Donald served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Haggen, Inc., a 33-store Pacific Northwest grocery company based in Bellingham, from September 2009 until March 2011. Then, from February 2012 until August 2015, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay, a large US-based hotel chain.
From 2008 until June 2013, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rite Aid Corporation, one of the leading drug-store chains in the US, which at the time had more than 4,900 stores in 31 states.
Jim Donald graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Century University, Albuquerque, New Mexico.