Cliff Burrows will be Starbucks' new president of U.S. operations, replacing Launi Skinner, 43, who resigned Monday to spend more time...

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Cliff Burrows will be Starbucks’ new president of U.S. operations, replacing Launi Skinner, 43, who resigned Monday to spend more time with her husband and two daughters.

Burrows, 48, began working for Starbucks in 2001 and has been president of Starbucks for Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2006. He will relocate to Seattle from London.

The coffee chain’s U.S. operations have struggled lately, with traffic and operating margins falling last quarter. Jim Alling was Starbucks’ president of U.S. operations until last September, when he became president of international operations.

Burrows was formerly Starbucks’ vice president and managing director in the United Kingdom, which more than doubled its number of stores under his leadership.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com