>Former Dunkin' exec files $5M lawsuit claiming ruined reputation

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>A former top executive at Dunkin’ Brands who helped assemble the chain’s culinary dream team has filed a $5 million lawsuit that accuses the company of violating a separation agreement by providing negative references, ruining his reputation with defamatory statements, and causing the loss of multiple job opportunities.

Michael O’Donovan, a European master chef who served the Queen of England, worked as vice president of global research and development for Dunkin’ from May 2004 through July 2007, overseeing the hiring of Boston chef Stan Frankenthaler, a makeover of the menu, and the long journey to eliminate transfats from doughnuts.

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