Former CIO Leaves Starbucks for Software Startup

BOSTON (06/05/2000) - Last spring, Debbi Gillotti gave up her job as CIO at Starbucks Coffee Co. to head a new e-commerce division that was being created by the coffee maker. Now, she's leaving Starbucks altogether to join a year-old startup that makes software for tracking data from users logging on to Web sites.

Seattle-based Viathan Corp. today announced that Gillotti is joining the company as its chief operating officer. Gillotti's duties will include overseeing product strategy and development and setting up a support infrastructure for Viathan's software, which is a nonrelational data storage system for use by e-commerce companies.

Gillotti - who last month was named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 information technology leaders - became Starbucks' CIO in early 1997, having previously directed global IT strategy and execution at Duracell International.

She was named senior vice president and general manager of the Starbucks X e-commerce unit a year ago.

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