How I Made It

Business Profiles

The man behind the brands

The gig: After cheeseburgers and doughnuts, it was time for coffee and tea. Stints at McDonald's and Dunkin' Brands led John Dawson to his first chief executive position in January 2014. Dawson, 51, runs one of the nation's oldest and biggest privately held specialty coffee chains —...

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