John Kelly
John Kelly

John Kelly, who was executive VP, public affairs and social impact at Starbucks, has joined Roku, the TV streaming service.

He exited Starbucks in December after a seven-year run.

Earlier, Kelly did more than a 15-year stint at Microsoft. He served as VP of industry affairs at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA., and director of corporate affairs for the MENA region in Paris and Brussels.

At Roku, Kelly takes the senior VP-corporate affairs & communications post.

Roku’s Q1 revenues surged 79 percent to $574.2M as the number of active accounts grew 35 percent to 53.6M and streaming hours jumped 49.2 percent to the 18.3B mark.

The San Jose-based company posted $76.3M in net income during the quarter vs. a year ago $54.6M loss.

CEO Anthony Wood projects Q2 revenues of $615M but warns Roku’s second-half 2021 faces a tough comparison from last year’s financial performance, which received a boost from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and ad buyers shifting budgets from linear to streaming TV.