Triage For Battered British Aerospace

Before John C. Cahill arrived at British Aerospace PLC in May, he had plenty of time to study the company whose chairmanship he was about to assume. While flying from New York to London to meet his new board, Cahill, who stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall, hit his head on the bathroom door and was knocked unconscious. He broke his leg in the fall. While recuperating, Cahill pored over company files and news clippings -- only to find that the pride of Britain was in worse shape than he.

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