Seattle-based company Outdoor Research (OR) has added Brett Kruse to its leadership team this week. Kruse joins OR as the new Vice President of People and Culture and will lead the company’s human-relations initiatives. Most recently, Kruse worked at Starbucks for more than a decade in HR and operations. Prior to that, he was part of the human capital division at Deloitte Consulting, where he consulted with businesses across the U.S. to drive value through people-focused technology. In addition to his career accomplishments, Kruse, who grew up in Costa Rica, Japan and Switzerland before settling down in Seattle, has a passion for endurance sports. He has climbed multiple 6,000+-meter peaks around the world, completed 13 Ironman competitions and various ultra marathons. Kruse will report to OR´s president, Roger Barton.