CITY DIARY: Starbucks mogul Howard Schultz is urged not to run for U.S. president because it will alienate customers
Associates of jargon-prone Starbucks mogul Howard Schultz are urging him not to run for US president, warning it will alienate the coffee chain’s customer base.
Schultz, 64, was recently introduced by former Republican candidate Mitt Romney to a group of potential donors, who were reportedly left unimpressed.
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Associates of jargon-prone Starbucks mogul Howard Schultz are urging him not to run for US president, warning it will alienate the coffee chain’s customer base
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