Masters Of The Game

John G. Breen, the tough-talking chief executive officer who fixed up ailing Sherwin-Williams Corp. more than a decade ago, knows a turnaround when he sees one. Unconvinced for several years that stronger economic growth was around the corner, he set his sights on building up the paint company to succeed in sluggish times. Now, with the economy's EKG still showing a flat line, Breen's view has been vindicated. "We saw this coming a long time ago," he says. "Some people thought it was too much doom and gloom."

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