Sweetgreen announced that Chris Carr has joined as Chief Operations Officer. Carr brings a wealth of experience to sweetgreen as the company looks to further enhance its guest and team member experience.
"Chris’ values and leadership skills will make for an exceptional addition to the sweetgreen team," says Jonathan Neman, co-founder and CEO of sweetgreen. “With his experience in delivering sustainable growth in retail and supply chain, we’re looking forward to Chris furthering his impact on the future of real food and amplifying our growth ahead.”
Carr most recently served as Starbucks Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, where he was responsible for shaping the global supplier base spend of $7.5 billion and accelerating customer-insight driven innovation. As the EVP, Licensed Stores Americas, he was responsible for the strategic planning, annual operations, market planning and sales for 6,500 licensed stores, generating $3.4 billion in sales. As EVP U.S. Retail Stores, he was accountable for the brand and customer experience across 13,000 company-operated and licensed retail stores.
“Joining a brand like sweetgreen, who over the past 13 years has changed the food landscape, is an honor,” adds Chris Carr. “I’m thrilled to join the sweetgreen family at such a pivotal time in the company’s trajectory.”
Prior to Starbucks, Carr spent the majority of his career with ExxonMobil where he developed and implemented retail operational strategies for its Global Fuels Marketing downstream businesses. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his leadership contribution and was the recipient of the 2016 and 2018 top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.