Starbucks Coffee Company announced the appointment of Brad Lerman as executive vice president and general counsel.

With three decades of legal and regulatory experience, Lerman will serve on the executive leadership team and report directly to Chief Executive Laxman Narasimhan. He will succeed Rachel Gonzalez, who left to serve in the same role at GE Vernova beginning April 1.

Lerman previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Medtronic, leading legal globally and the office of ethics and compliance. He has also served in similar leadership roles at the Federal National Mortgage Association and Pfizer.

Lerman’s background also includes more than two decades as a private practice litigation and intellectual property attorney advising leading consumer brands and eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney.