"The scale of the company, the complexity of the business" requires leadership from a younger generation, Schultz, 63, said on Wednesday at a conference held at The Economic Club of New York.
Schultz was the CEO of Starbucks from 1987 to 2000 and again from 2008 until his departure, in April this year. He was replaced by Kevin Johnson, 56, the company's former president and COO.
At the event, Schultz described Johnson as "tech savvy."
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Editor's Pick: Originally published May 24.