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Toy Story

You’re driving at high speed over twisting mountain roads in a pavement-hugging race car, swerving and sweating and hoping not to careen over the edge before time runs out. At the finish line: victory. Lose, and your bonus is history.Just another day at the office? It is for Masaya Nakamura, 70. After all, he is chairman, chief executive, and founder ...

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Building Dignity and Profits

For Carlos Cantu, a defining moment occurred in the 1940s when his high school class was visiting Corpus Christi, TX, from the nearby Mexican-border town of Brownsville. Cantu was just sitting down to eat in a cafeteria when he asked to leave. Why? Because of the color of his skin.“You don’t forget those things,” says Cantu, the eldest son of ...

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Opening the Lines of Communication

has significant barriers to political and economic reform, but James Hatt doesn’t want a telephone call to be among them. As the CEO of $30.7 million Petersburg Long Distance, which provides local, long-distance, and international telephone service in the former Soviet Union, Hatt faces bigger problems than broken connections or busy signals: Russia‘s economy is faltering; growth is slow; fears ...

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Experiment for Success

In a laboratory, two chemists working with the exact same ingredients can concoct two materially different potions. But James Mack is no mad scientist. Mack, who in April will complete his first year as chief executive of Cambrex Corp., has mixed a successful tonic for the specialty chemicals manufacturer.Smoothing a volatile operation was part of Mack’s plan when he joined ...

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A Model Of Convienience

For John Antioco, there’s nothing easy about convenience. Antioco is the 46-year-old chairman, president, and CEO of Phoenix-based Circle K, the country’s second-largest chain of convenience stores, with 2,500 company-owned outlets in 28 states. Like Southland Corp.’s 7-Eleven chain, its bigger rival, Circle K offers food and fuel to motorists who fill their tanks-or their cars’-and move on.Antioco has ambitious ...

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Eli Hurvitz

Eli Hurvitz studied economics, not medicine, but for nearly two decades he’s been the chief doctor at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Hurvitz, who became CEO in 1976, has built Teva into Israel‘s largest drugmaker and a top player in the scrappy, high-stakes generic drug industry. Now Hurvitz is writing Teva a new prescription. While generic drug sales will remain its backbone, ...

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

People tell Samuel Goldwyn Jr. a lot of stories. Some are funny, others are dramatic. The best have vivid characters and a strong plot. Each week, Goldwyn listens to an anthology of these seemingly worthy tales. After all, you never know when one might become a great film.Goldwyn, 68, has been making movies this way for more than four decades. ...

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So you Thought Dynasties were Dead?

The movie script lay unread on a family coffee-table, so Edgar Bronfman Jr. picked it up. “Melody” was a tough, touching coming-of-age story about two adolescent boys. Bronfman convinced his father, Edgar Bronfman Sr., the no-nonsense head of the family-controlled Seagram Co., to ante up $450,000 to help produce it. At the time, Seagram had an interest in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.“Melody” was ...

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Paper’s Tiger

Few promote themselves or their companies with the unbridled exuberance of Scoff Paper's Al Dunlap Few match the hired gun's record In turning around troubled corporations.

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