- On March 4, 2018
The world lost a great human being when Orin C. Smith, former president and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, passed on March 1, 2018. Orin was my boss and mentor during my tenure at Starbucks. He was my friend. His loss is devastating for me and everyone who knew him.
Orin dedicated his life to doing the right thing and his contributions to my life, professionally and personally, were innumerable. Even though I will always miss him, I know that his legacy will live on through all of the people he touched.
Thank you, Orin, for making me a better person. Rest in peace.