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Howard Schultz returns to Starbucks as interim leader, Johnson exits

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New York (AFP) – Longtime Starbucks chief Howard Schultz will return to the helm of the global coffee shop chain, the company announced Wednesday, serving as interim CEO while the company searches for a new leader amid a growing unionization drive. Kevin Johnson, who has led the coffee giant since 2017, plans to retire next month, the company said, adding it expects to name a new CEO by the fall.  Schultz, 68, who first joined the company in 1982, grew Starbucks from a small Seattle coffee chain into a global juggernaut in two earlier stints as chief executive.  He also flirted with running fo…

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