Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Starbucks appoints 29 year old board member

Starbucks has announced that Clara Shih, the twenty-nine year old founder of Hearsay Social,has been appointed to the coffee company's board of directors. Shih's firm, Hearsay Social, provides tools for large companies to manage social media across many local branches and units. I find this appointment very refreshing. Company leaders often fall out of touch with key social and technological trends. Connecting regularly with young people insures that board members and executives will stay attuned to key generational differences and consumer trends. The key to making this move a success, though, will be working diligently to encourage other board members to consider her views seriously.

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