Thursday, January 7, 2010

Hear ye! Hear ye!

I already posted one item about Miss Mercedes Corrales' luck and hardwork combined. Man...she amazingly has climbed her way to the top! She achieved a lot and still is... big deal and own a place in the sun ika nga.

If you're a coffee fiend [like me] and frequenting most of the time in Starbuck's...err, during breaktime I mean, you should read this.
My good friend Buds sent me this info via email and it's a crime to ignore this with a shrug...of course I wouldn't do that. In fact it gave me goosebumps sa layo ng narating ni Miss Corrales and yet not everyone knows about this. Of course ako rin di ko ito malalaman if not for Buds. Eh malay naman natin sa mga Board of Directors ng isang big companies di ba, unless gaya kong may nagsabi. But you know what, we should be very very proud of this. Me, talagang kinilabutan ako and I just felt proud of her because Pinoy eh! Paging Miss Korina Sanchez or Mel Tiangco...I think she deserves to be featured in your shows. We should be proud of her stature as an entrepreneur...big deal!

Subject: Appointment of Maria Mercedes Corrales

To: All partners
Date: April 16, 2009
Re: SCI Partner Announcement

I am very pleased to announce that Maria Mercedes (Mercy) M. Corrales, chief executive officer (CEO) and chief operating officer (COO) for Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. (SBJ) has been appointed senior vice president and president, Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific, effective June 29, 2009 reporting to me.

In her new role, Mercy will be responsible for all Starbucks company-operated, joint-venture and licensed markets within the Asia Pacific region, comprising Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. Mercy will also continue in her capacity as board member for Starbucks Coffee Japan.

Mercy joined Starbucks Coffee Japan in January 2006 and since then has helped grow the business to 855 stores while delivering strong financial performance and achieving a leadership position in Japan’s specialty coffee shop industry. The Harvard Business School Club of Japan voted her Business Stateswoman of the Year in 2008, the first non-Japanese to win the award. Mercy has also taken a very active role in the development of her team in Japan while promoting diversity and corporate responsibility.

Prior to Starbucks Mercy had a distinguished career with Levi Strauss and Co. holding several leadership positions spanning two continents and 11 countries. She has a consistent track record of growing businesses, building brands, driving innovation, developing future leaders and building high-performing teams.

Mercy received a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines.

Members of Mercy's Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific leadership team are:
Mike Yeager, vice president, Finance & Business Development
Rob Naylor, vice president, Operations
Arun Bhardwaj, vice president and general manager
Christine Deputy, vice president, Partner Resources
Nishad Alani, vice president, Supply Chain Operations
Andy Adams, vice president, Store Development
Wayne Michigami, director, Corporate Counsel

Martin Coles
President, Starbucks Coffee International

If posting this announcement is not appropriate kindly let me know and email me so I can do the next step. Just being too proud for a fellow pinoy's successful climb to the top. I believe her success is also ours. Pinoy eh!

And...those of you who want to book or make flights reservations...just visit Buds facebook account and you're there. I recommend DANFIL Tours.

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