Tenneco's No. 2 Couldn't Have Asked For A Tougher Job

If Dana G. Mead were superstitious, he might have thought twice about coming to Tenneco Inc. On one visit to Houston as the company courted him, Mead arrived at Chief Executive Mike Walsh's house just as his longtime friend was leaving in an ambulance to undergo surgery for a ruptured disk. Walsh prevailed upon Mead to take the No.2 job, but even before his first press interviews, Mead was handed a note saying a company gas line had blown out in Tennessee and burned down four houses. "That was my introduction to the gas business," he laughs.

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