Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. has named Clara Shih to the Starbucks Board of Directors. Shih, the CEO of Hearsay Social, will serve on the board’s nominating and corporate governance committee.
“Clara is a true technology leader and will bring fresh insight to our strong and forward-thinking board,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks. “We could not be more thrilled about the social media expertise and ideas Clara will bring to our business as we continue to amplify the online experience and interactions Starbucks has with our customers, partners and communities.”
Shih, 29, is a pioneer in the technology industry, as an engineer, author and entrepreneur. She has been named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company’s Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of experience from previous technology, product and marketing positions at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com, according to Schultz.
In 2007, Shih developed the first business application on Facebook called Faceconnector, and subsequently authored The New York Times bestseller, “The Facebook Era: Tapping Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate,” which is used as a marketing textbook at Harvard Business School.
Shih holds degrees from Stanford University and Oxford. She also serves as an advisor for Good Karma (formerly Camp Amelia), a nonprofit she founded that develops and funds technology education programs, curriculum and software for developing countries in Africa and the Middle East.
“I am humbled and excited to be joining the board of directors of one of the most admired and respected companies in the world,” said Shih. “I couldn’t imagine a more innovative, relevant and engaged organization to be a part of and I look forward to contributing to the next phase of the company’s growth.”