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James B. Adamson, 46, was named chief executive of Spartanburg, SC-based Flagstar Cos., the parent of Denny’s and other restaurant …

James B. Adamson, 46, was named chief executive of Spartanburg, SC-based Flagstar Cos., the parent of Denny’s and other restaurant chains. The former CEO of Grand Metropolitan plc’s Burger King unit succeeds Jerome J. Richardson, 58, who remains chairman.

Thomas A. Brancati, 58, was named chief executive of Los Angeles-based Whittaker Corp., an aerospace, defense-electronics, and telecommunications company. Also the president and chief operating officer, he succeeds Joseph F. Alibrandi, 65, who continues as chairman.

John C. Cahill, 65, was named chairman of St. Louis-based Trans World Airlines. The former chairman of British Aerospace plc succeeds Donald F. Craib Jr., 69, who resigned.

Donald J. Carty 48, was named president of American Airlines and AMR Corp.’s newly formed Airline Group. He was previously AMR’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Avram A. Glazer, 34, was named president and chief executive of Houston-based Zapata Corp., a natural-gas company. A company director since 1993, he succeeds his father, Malcolm Glazer, 66, as CEO. Malcolm Glazer remains chairman.

Laird I. Grant, 49, was named president and chief executive of New York-based Rockefeller & Co. A former executive vice president of U.S. Trust Co., she succeeds John Harris, who resigned.

Nobuyuki ldei, 57, was named president of Tokyo-based Sony Corp. The former managing director in charge of Sony’s brand image and corporate communications succeeds Norio Ohga, 65, who remains chief executive and was named chairman.

Robert D. Krebs, 52, was named president and chief executive of the combined Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., a Schaumburg, IL-based railroad. The former Santa Fe Pacific Corp. CEO succeeds Gerald Grinstein, 63, who retired as CEO of Burlington Northern Inc.

James M. Large Jr., 62, was named chairman and chief executive of the combined bank formed by the merger of New York-based Anchor Bancorp and Dime Bancorp. He was formerly chairman and CEO of Anchor Bancorp.

David J. Law-Smith, 55, was named chairman and chief executive of Irving, TX-based

Caltex Petroleum Corp., a joint venture of Chevron Corp. and Texaco Inc. The former senior vice president and chief financial officer succeeds Patrick J. Ward, 64, who retired.

Richard J. Lehmann, 50, was named president and chief operating officer of Columbus, OH-based Banc One Corp. The former head of Banc One’s western operations succeeds Donald L. McWhorter, 59, who retired.

David M. LeVan, 49, was named chief executive of Philadelphia-based Conrail Inc., a freight railroad. Also the president and chief operating officer, he succeeds James A. Hagen, 62, who remains chairman.

Michael D. Lockhart, 45, was named to the new posts of president and chief operating officer of Stamford, CT-based General Signal Corp., an equipment manufacturer for the process-control, electrical, and industrial technology industries. He was vice president and general manager of General Electric Co.’s Commercial Engines and Services subsidiary.

Robert S. Miller Jr., 53, was named chairman of Boise, ID-based Morrison Knudsen Corp., an engineering, construction, and rail company. The former Chrysler vice chairman succeeds acting Chairman William P. Clark, who replaced ousted William J. Agee, 56.

John E. Pepper, 56, was named chairman and chief executive of Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, a consumer-products concern. The former president succeeds Edwin L. Artzt, 65, who retired. Durk I. Jager, 51, was named president and chief operating officer.

Thomas G. Plaskett, 51, was named chairman of Dallas-based Greyhound Lines Inc., a bus company. The interim president, chief executive, and chief financial officer following the August resignation of Frank J. Schmieder, and managing director of Fox Run Capital Associates, he succeeds Charles A. Lynch, who resigned.

Oliver G. Richard Ill, 42, was named chairman, president, and chief executive of Wilmington, DE-based Columbia Gas System Inc. The former chairman, president, and CEO of New Jersey Resources Corp. succeeds John H. Croom, 62, who retired.

Anthony Ridder, 54, was named chief executive of Miami-based Knight-Ridder Inc., a media concern. Also the president, he succeeds James K. Batten, 59, who remains chairman.

Michael Smith, 34, was named president and chief executive of Dodgeville, WI-based Lands’ End, a catalog company. The former vice president of Coming Home, the company’s home-furnishings catalog operation, succeeds William T. End, 47, who resigned.

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