Jamba, Inc. announced the appointment of David A. Pace to the Board of Directors and to the Compensation and Executive Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, effective August 15, 2012. “We are pleased to welcome Dave to our Board of Directors,” says James D. White, chairman, president, and CEO, Jamba, Inc. “He has tremendous global leadership experience with some of America’s most successful organizations and will be a great addition to our board.”
Pace's experiences span a wide variety of industries, including consumer products, retail, entertainment, application software, professional sports, and e-commerce.
He is currently the executive vice president and chief resource officer for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the parent company of Outback, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Pace spent the formative years of his executive career with PepsiCo Inc. in four different operating divisions of the company. He was ultimately appointed senior vice president of human resources for YUM! Restaurant International, and is credited with being part of the leadership team that transformed the business from the worst performing division of PepsiCo to what is now the fastest-growing, most profitable division of YUM! Brands.
Additionally, Pace served as executive vice president, partner resources with Starbucks Coffee Company. During his tenure, the company more than tripled in size from $3 billion in revenue to more than $10 billion.
Its store count grew from 5,000 to more than 15,000, entering more than 15 new countries, all while being recognized by Fortune magazine as one of “America’s Best Places to Work” and one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” during each year of his tenure.
Pace has served as president of Jonathan's Stage, a not-for-profit organization, since 2008 and serves on the board of UP2US, a national not-for-profit focused on sports-based youth development.
He has also held the following board positions: University of Southern California, Center for Effective Organizations, director 2004–2008; Human Resources Policy Association, director 2003–2008; America SCORES, director 2003–2008; Cornell University – Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, director 2002–2008; Starbucks Foundation, director 2002–2008; and Taco Bell Foundation, director 1994–1995.
Pace received his bachelor of science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow in The National Academy of Human Resources for his extensive work in the development of and contributions to the profession in the disciplines of organization and leadership development, as well as culture and workforce engagement.
In 2007, Pace was named the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Executive of the Year. Pace and his wife Patti currently reside in the Tampa, Florida, area.