Board of Directors
*Dub Hay, Past Board Chair
Summary: As a senior vice president, Global Coffee Authority, Willard (Dub) Hay led the team responsible for championing the Starbucks coffee experience and ensuring a single global voice of coffee in Starbucks stores around the world. As the company’s chief coffee advocate, Dub also oversaw internal programs to further demonstrate Starbucks passion, quality and leadership in all things coffee. For more than 30 years, Dub traveled to the far reaches of coffee growing regions, such as Sulawesi, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea, building deep relationships with generations of farmers, and in 2007, was designated as and Elder by the Kikuyu Tribe in Kenya. Dub started with Starbucks in November 2002, and retired December of 2012. He led the development of C.A.F.E. Practices, Starbucks’ socially responsible coffee buying guidelines, as well as global development of Farmer Support Centers to improve coffee quality and farmer livelihoods.