Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson will retire in April after a 13-year tenure at the coffee giant.
The company's former chief executive, Howard Schultz, will temporarily take over the reins as CEO on April 4 and join the Starbucks board of directors.
Johnson will still serve as a special consultant to the company and remain on board through September.
Johnson said it was a move Johnson said he had been considering for a while.
"A year ago, I signaled to the Board that as the global pandemic neared an end, I would be considering retirement from Starbucks," Johnson said in a statement. "I feel this is a natural bookend to my 13 years with the company."
Johnson was named CEO in 2017, succeeding Schultz who had served as chief executive from 1986 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2017. Previously, Johnson served as president and chief operating officer.
Mellody Hobson, the chair of Starbucks' board said Johnson helped the company navigate "one of the most difficult periods in modern history."
"The economic certainty provided to partners during the early months of the COVID shut down, as well as during mandatory quarantines, underscores our core values and will be an enduring legacy for the company," Hobson said in a statement.
Schultz, who has dabbled in politics and weighed a presidential run, helped shepherd the coffee giant into the global leader it is today.
The company says its board of directors "has been engaged in continuous CEO succession planning" and expects to find a leader by fall.