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Raquel Karls Joins Coinstar as Chief People Officer

Coinstar, Inc. today announced that it has hired Raquel Karls, a human resources and organization development leader, to fill the position of Chief People Officer. Karls starts her new role this week reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer Gregg Kaplan.

"We are delighted to have found an individual of Raquel's caliber and experience to lead this very important role at Coinstar," said Gregg Kaplan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Coinstar, Inc. "With nearly 20 years experience recruiting the right talent to growing organizations, building infrastructure and developing existing talent, she was a great match for Coinstar given our continued growth and focus on people."

Most recently, Karls served as the vice president of human resources at Expedia, Inc., where she led global initiatives in the U.S., Asia and Canada. Prior to that she was the vice president of partner resources at Starbucks Coffee Company where she led the organizational and people development agenda for key marketing and product groups. Before joining Starbucks, Karls spent 11 years at the Pepsi Bottling Company in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility over her tenure, including vice president of human resources for the company's largest business unit in the United States with 5,800 employees. Other experience includes human resources positions with Ingersoll-Rand Company.

Karls holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Oregon.

About Coinstar, Inc.

Coinstar, Inc. is a leading provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers. The company's core automated retail businesses include the well-known redbox® self-service DVD rental and Coinstar® self-service coin-counting brands. The company has approximately 26,900 DVD kiosks and 19,000 coin-counting kiosks in supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, financial institutions, convenience stores, and restaurants. For more information, visit

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