Starbucks has appointed former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to its board of directors, the coffeehouse chain said Wednesday. Currently the chancellor of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, Gates was elected to Starbucks’ board and will serve on the nominating and corporate governance committee. The move comes at a time when Starbucks is rapidly growing its presence overseas, particularly in China. “We are honored and humbled to be adding this ...

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