Jim Donald

CEO of Extended Stay Hotels & Former CEO of Starbucks

The former CEO of Starbucks and Haggen Food & Pharmacy and the current CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, Jim Donald is a seasoned executive with a distinguished career in retail. He was named one of the “Top 25 CEOs in the World” in 2006 by The Best Practice Institute and one of Business Travel News“25 Most Influential Business Travel Executives of 2013.”

Donald earned a reputation for turning around financially ailing companies early in his career. It was this reputation that prompted Extended Stay Hotels to seek him out after emerging from its bankruptcy proceedings in 2010. The hiring marked the rare choice of an outsider to lead a U.S. hotel company, and he most recently led its successful $565 million IPO. Donald’s personal, hands-on approach to leadership is what is driving the rehabilitation of the world’s largest hotel operator, and he shares the leadership and management techniques that have earned him his stellar reputation. In a talk that can be tailored to all levels of an organization, he shares his experience as a leader focused on innovation, quality, service, strong relationships within the community, and risk-taking with the freedom to fail.

To book Jim Donald as the business management speaker for your corporate event or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When speaking at corporate events, Jim covers the following topics:

  • Business Management Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Maximising Success
  • Retail Business