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Robert J. Ratliff

The family farm is nearly extinct. There are 2.1 million farmers in North America, but 50 percent of farm equipment is bought by only 50,000 businesses. At least in some respects, that means a tougher row to hoe for Robert J. Ratliff, chairman and CEO of AGCO Corp., an Atlanta-based manufacturer.Bigger farms that are farther apart have led to larger ...

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Jim Stafford

The walls of Jim Stafford’s office are covered with sports memorabilia, including a Minnesota Twins banner and a golf-ball display. A ruggedly built scuba-diving enthusiast, he acknowledges a passion for competition. But that means winners and losers. And when Stafford, 49, took over integrated circuits manufacturer Chips & Technologies last July from founder Gordon Campbell, the seven-year-old company clearly was ...

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Tom Johnson

One day last August, Cable News Network President Tom Johnson was met by four Delta Air Lines officials upon his arrival at London‘s Gatwick Airport. The officials immediately whisked Johnson away and relayed to him an urgent message: Call CNN headquarters in Atlanta.The reason for the message: Hard-line Communists in the Soviet Union had ousted then-President Mikhail Gorbachev. Johnson’s lieutenants ...

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