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Alfred P. Sloan

Longtime professional of General Motors. He documented his lessons in general management in my own Years With General Motors, his bestselling memoir. He completed his engineering research at MIT, after that joined GM, a little ball-bearing manufacturer. He rose to be its leader at age 24 and led it to $60 million in revenue four years afterwards. He reorganized GM into distinct, independent divisions subject matter only to commercial policy limitations, devising an archetype for most companies after him. He was raised in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the espresso and tea importer. He and John DeLorean, the famous carmaker, had been both presidents of GM.

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