Starbucks exec at center of union fight leaves the company
Rossann Williams, a 17- year Starbucks veteran at the center of the company’ s response to a unionization push, is leaving the company. - Starbucks Coffee Company/Starbucks Coffee Company/TNS

Rossann Williams, who led Starbucks' largest market with over 18,000 stores for four years, is leaving the company, Starbucks said Friday. Williams, a 17-year Starbucks veteran at the center of the company's response to a unionization push in the U.S. and Canada, will leave Tuesday. She was offered a different position in the company but declined, Starbucks said. "We have made a difficult, but necessary change to our North America business," Starbucks said in a letter to employees, "a change that creates new leadership for a new era at Starbucks." Williams, along with CEO Howard Schultz, was t...