Caribou Coffee announced the promotion of Daniel E. Lee to secretary, senior vice president, and general counsel of Caribou Coffee, and the appointment of Dan Hurdle to the role of senior vice president of retail operations and product management of Caribou Coffee.

“I am delighted to announce the shift in leadership at Caribou,” says Caribou president and CEO Mike Tattersfield. “We continue to focus our resources and talents on our key strategic initiatives, actively pursing our goal of developing Caribou Coffee into a world-class branded coffee company.”

Lee contributes nearly two decades of comprehensive legal experience to Caribou. He is responsible for all aspects of the legal and risk management functions, and has played a key role in several major initiatives since joining the company in 2005.

Lee previously worked for International Inc., Carlson Companies Inc., and General Electric, where he served in a variety of in-house counsel and executive roles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Cloud State University. Lee also has a master’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law.

Hurdle assumes the retail operations leadership role in addition to his product management responsibilities, which he began in 2008. During the past year, Hurdle oversaw the supply chain and store development functions at Caribou.

Hurdle previously worked for Washington Mutual Retail, Starbucks Coffee Company, and McKinsey Co. He graduated with a master of science degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, serving as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

“I am pleased with Dan’s expanded role,” Tattersfield says. “Through his strong leadership, the product management team has developed a culture of quality and innovation that will continue to serve us well in the future.”

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