Starbucks has announced that it is joining with Chase Bank and VISA to offer co-branded credit cards this month and also announced that it will launch a stored-value card by as early as April of this year. CEO Kevin Johnson made the announcement last week during his Q1 earnings call. The company hopes the new credit and stored-value cards will add to the 42% they reported as already using the Starbucks Reward card. Further, according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC, the company paid Executive Chairman Howard Schultz a total of $18 Million in 2017 including a 60% uptick in personal security (to $325,000). New Chief Operating Officer Rosalind Brewer will pull down an initial annual salary of $1 Million.