Clarice Turner is a globally recognized senior executive in the food and beverage industries. She is founder and CEO of Carneros Associates – a strategic advisory firm that guides vision, strategy, and culture for businesses in transition. She is former CEO and Board Director, Boudin SF Restaurants and Bakeries. Boudin is world-famous for The Original San Francisco Sourdough™ and the oldest continuously operating business in San Francisco.
Prior to joining Boudin, Clarice was a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company. She led Starbucks $3B Food, Wine and Ready to Drink businesses in the Americas - encompassing strategy, M&A, R&D, product development, social & digital, customer loyalty, finance, marketing, operations, and global supply chain. In prior roles, she led 80% of the 11,000 US Starbucks stores as former SVP-GM of the Franchise/License Business, and as SVP of the US company business. She served several years on Starbucks Diversity Council and hosted numerous Innovation Sessions for key investors.
Clarice served as President, COO and Board Director of Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza, then private equity owned and the fifth largest pizza chain in the US. She joined Papa Murphy’s following a 16-year career with PepsiCo and Yum! Brands, where she progressed rapidly through a variety of executive positions, including global general management in corporate, licensed, and franchise ownership models. She was instrumental at incubating new businesses, driving rapid growth, and leading downsizing efforts. Her prior experience while earning her degrees included international sales and marketing, and serving as a financial controller.
Clarice continues her tenure of service on multiple boards: private, advisory, and nonprofit. She currently serves on the Delicato Family Vineyards Board, the Culinary Institute of America Society of Fellows, and Women of the Vine and Spirits Advisory Board. She is Director Emeritus for the National Restaurant Association (past Chair of the Sustainability Committee, Audit and Finance Committee). During her tenure, she represented Starbucks and the industry to advance focused efforts for advocacy, research, education, philanthropy and fundraising. She led and participates in numerous visits to the White House, various Senators, Congresspersons, and federal/state agency leaders. She also served as Board President and is Director Emeritus for the WSU School of Business, School of Hospitality, and Wine Business Management Program.
Clarice is a ninth generation Northern Californian. She enjoys judging wine competitions and is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, corporations, associations, and on TV and radio. She earned an MBA in International Business, graduating in the top 2% of her class, and a BA in Geology from San Francisco State University. She also attended Fudan University in Shanghai, where she studied Mandarin, founded a company, and published papers on her research and work.