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Kay Whitmore's New Sense Of Mission

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For everything, there is a season. A time to be CEO of a major corporation, and a time to do something completely different. Ousted as Eastman Kodak's chief in August, 1993, lifelong Mormon Kay Whitmore has gone into missionary work.

Today, he leads the Mormon Mission of Southern England, one of 300 such missions worldwide. Its objective: to lead 170 young Mormon men and women as they try to make converts of Britons. Salary: none.

That's a big difference from Kodak, where he got some $1 million a year plus benefits. The difference isn't lost on him. "I've gone from having a big office with a jet at my disposal to a little tiny office where only a few people work," he says.

Whitmore, 62, who says he accomplished what he wanted in Corporate America, has been in England since July. The church approached him with the idea last December, and he decided to make the career shift. "I didn't want to work for anyone anymore, and I didn't need to," he says. "This is a good way to transition from being a chief executive. It's better to be totally involved in something rather than sitting around pining away for your old job."

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