Darrin Podeschi

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Executive Vice President,
Chief People & Strategy Officer


Darrin Podeschi serves as the Chief People & Strategy Officer, overseeing all human resources areas and leading the enterprise strategy planning and alignment efforts.  Darrin is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his undergraduate degree as well as a master’s degree in Labor & Employment Relations.  In addition, Darrin received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and passed the Texas Bar.

Darrin has 25+ years’ experience, most recently serving as EVP HR at Starbucks, and previously for over a decade in executive HR roles at Nike.  His work passion centers on elevating people and strategy to drive engagement, inclusion, innovation and growth for ALL individuals and teams.  His over-arching passion is to grow in Christian faith at home and work.

Darrin and his wife, Jennifer, have three children (Alexandra, Ann Marie & William); and the entire family dotes on two Bichon Frise dogs (Luna and Dolce).  Hobbies include snowboarding, music, tennis and reading.