Eelco van der Zande
Strategic Sourcing Director
Eelco van der Zande joined Starbucks in January 2006. His current position is director, strategic sourcing. Eelco is responsible for procurement strategy building and the execution of Starbucks’ category strategies across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Strategic sourcing at Starbucks is focused on enabling the company to grow profitable sales. Next to leading the Procurement and Sourcing function, Eelco also leads Starbucks’ Store development supply chain. Prior to his current role, Eelco led the EMEA Commercialization function; he also worked 2 years in Logistics and 5 years in the sourcing team with Starbucks.
Eelco’s prior experience to Starbucks has been in supply chains. He started his career joining a rotational management development program at TNT Logistics. Eelco first worked on bid and tender management in a business development role. Subsequently, he took on assignments in operations management and project management of business process outsourcing, working in both the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. After 5 years of working for a logistics service provider, Eelco took the opportunity of working for Starbucks in EMEA.
Eelco graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Economics at the University of Groningen (2001) and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Asian Studies.