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  • Age
    35
  • Title
    President
  • Company
    Cinnabon

Three years into her stint at the helm, Cole is transforming private equity-owned Cinnabon into a multichannel consumer brand. Taco Bell and Burger King sell its licensed products, its cinnamon is now in some 60 items on grocery-store shelves (think Pillsbury cinnamon rolls), and sales of all Cinnabon-related products are approaching $1 billion. An engineering major who worked at Hooters to pay for college at the University of North Florida, Cole wanted to become an attorney for DuPont — but after Hooters sent her around the world to help open new markets, she dropped out and worked her way up to a vice president at the chain.

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