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CEO OF THE YEAR 1991

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Your will is done. Chief Executive readers have nominated and a distinguished committed of peers– all of them current or former CEOs-have confirmed Wayne Calloway of PepsiCo as 1991 Chief Executive I the Year. In this sixth year of the honor’s existence the competition was the closest on record. As impressive as PepsiCo’s 27.2 percent 10-year average annual return to ...

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CEO OF THE YEAR 1990

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We have heeded your call. Chief Executive readers have nominated Anthony J. F. O’Reilly of H.J. Heinz Company for this year’s Chief Executive of the Year and our panel of judges has concurred in your choice. During O’Reilly’s tenure, Heinz’s profit margins have grown to 39 percent of sales while return on equity climbed to a healthy 26.1 percent. With ...

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CEO OF THE YEAR 1989

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You have spoken. Chief Executive readers have nominated, and a panel of peers has confirmed, Donald E. Petersen of Ford Motor Company as this year’s Chief Executive of the Year. As Ford celebrates s its third consecutive year of record profits, a 26.5 percent return on stockholders’ equity in 1988 (twice the average for Fortune 500 companies), and according to ...

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CEO OF THE YEAR 1988

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“Bill is one of the best chief executives I’ve met in my business career,” says Ryder System’s Tony Burns, who earns top marks as a CEO himself. “He’s built a tradition of quality and high integrity,” says Anheuser Busch’s August Busch. “Bill may be mild mannered, but he’s thoughtful and pays great attention to details.” “He’s a tireless executive,” observes ...

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CEO OF THE YEAR 1987

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“He’s something of a superstar executive,” says McDonnell-Douglas’s CEO Sanford McDonnell. “He’s personable, good looking and has a lot of drive and perseverance.” “He’s the classic example of the intense, hard-driving executive who demands performance and grinds it out,” says Don Brandin, CEO of Boatman’s Bancshares. “He’s got an astounding ability to get things done,” echoes Interco’s Harvey Saligman. “Dynamic ...

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