STARBUCKS has appointed Kris Engskov – a former top aide to Bill Clinton – as head of its UK business.
Engskov (pictured right) is credited as being the inspiration for the character “Charlie” – a member of the White house inner circle in the US TV hit show the West Wing.
He will take over from Darcy Willson-Rymer, who is leaving Starbucks to pursue other business interests.
Engskov was Bill Clinton’s so-called “body man” between 1997 and 2000, taking on the job of accompanying the President on all trips and acting as his right hand man.
He joined Starbucks in 2003 and spent two years in Britain between 2005 and 2007 running the company’s London shops. He starts his new role in September.