Kate Jaspon

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Kate JasponKate Jaspon

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.
Vice President, Corporate Controller & Treasurer

Years with company: Eight years

Education & Professional/Volunteer Organizations:

  • Bachelor of Science Babson College
  • Licensed CPA, Massachusetts
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Beat NB and DDBR Community Foundation
  • Board and Executive Council Member,  MCX

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I have been fortunate to have had a number of mentors to help guide me throughout my career.  I think it is important to have mentors, but also have to have a Sponsor who will not only talk to you about your development, but will also talk about you and advocate on your behalf.  As women we are often over mentored and under sponsored.  I was fortunate to have found both in Dunkin’ Brands former CFO, Kate Lavelle.  Even today, after retiring from Dunkin’, Kate remains a sounding board for me.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements?Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?  I have been fortunate to have been part of many financial transactions at Dunkin. I would have to say having the opportunity to play a lead role in the process of taking Dunkin’ Brands public in July 2011 and standing on the floor of the NASDAQ as the first shares traded was a moment I will forever be proud of.

Most challenging part of your job: Finding a way to fit everything in is challenging. Being a mother, a wife and a professional can be difficult.  I have found there really is no such thing as work life balance – there has to be a blend and each takes priority at different times.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Surround yourself with people that compliment your skill sets.  Hire those that are stronger in areas that you are weaker and do not be afraid to hire someone more experienced than you.  Your team is part of your personal brand…. build it and manage it wisely.

Hobbies: Crossfit, running and spending time with family.