Waiting In The Wings

SUPPORTING PLAYERS WHO ARE TURNING IN STAR PERFORMANCES

He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. Ah, forget it.

General Motors Corp. CEO John F. Smith Jr. might as well have been ripping petals off a daisy in hopes of retaining his controversial purchasing czar, J. Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua. He finally lost the executive, after a couple of flip-flops, to Volkswagen. IBM director James E. Burke, overseeing the search for the next chief executive of Big Blue, could well sympathize, as one top executive after another publicly disavows any interest in heading the computer giant.

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