James “Jim” L. Donald (1954) has been Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay, a large U.S.-based hotel chain, since February 2012.
James Donald served as President and CEO of Haggan, Inc., a 33-store Pacific Northwest grocery company based in Bellingham, from September 2009 until March 2011. James Donald was also President & Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation from April 2005 to January 2008. From October 2002 to March 2005, James Donald served as President of Starbucks, North America. Under his leadership, Starbucks experienced strong growth and performance.
From October 1996 to October 2002, James Donald served as Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Pathmark Stores, Inc., a USD 4.6 billion regional supermarket chain located in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Prior to that time, he held a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s, Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. From 2008 until June 2013, he also served as a Board Member of Rite Aid Corporation, one of the leading drugstore chains in the U.S. with more than 4,900 stores in 31 states.
James L. Donald graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Century University, Albuquerque, New Mexico.