CEO Roundup—Small business owners go away but don’t vacay; Brewer now at Starbucks

Only 14% of U.S. small business owners can actually take a work-free vacation, according to a recent survey by Xero. (Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau)(Island of Hawaii Visitor's Bureau)

Small business owners continue to work while on vacation

U.S. owners of small businesses have trouble taking work-free vacations. In fact, only 14% say they can completely relax while they are away. That’s compared to 54% of other American workers, who find it comparatively easy to forget their jobs, based on a survey of 550 proprietors of U.S. companies with fewer than 20 employees just released by Xero, a provider of accounting software for small businesses. The main reason? Mobile business apps are keeping small business owners plugged in, providing them with the ability to run a business from anywhere, at anytime, even a beachside cabana. Xero’s survey found that 85% of small businesses owners admit to working while on vacation, with 60% checking in proactively at least daily. (Xero)

Fittingly enough, Brewer is named COO of Starbucks

It makes sense that Starbucks, America’s largest coffee purveyor, has appointed a new group president and COO named Brewer—Rosalind Brewer, that is. She will assume her new Seattle-based position on Oct. 2, after serving for nearly five years as CEO of Walmart’s big-box outfit, Sam’s Club. Brewer is already a Starbucks board member. In her new leadership role, Brewer will steer the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), as well as the global functions of supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations. “Starbucks is a culture-first company focused on performance and Roz is a world-class operator and executive who embodies the values of Starbucks. She has been a trusted strategic counselor to me ever since she joined our board of directors, and I deeply value her insight, business acumen, and leadership expertise,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. (Starbucks)