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An era ends for Starbucks and Howard Schultz

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz walks in front of a photo of Starbucks baristas, at the coffee company’s annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Howard Schultz, as visible a symbol of the coffee giant as the green-and-white mermaid, is stepping away from the CEO post after shaping Starbucks into a global consumer giant. He’ll still play a part in the company’s future — but for how long?

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