Portrait Of A Ceo

It's hard to think of Robert L. Crandall as average. But the feisty, blunt-spoken chief executive of AMR Corp. comes darn close to matching the profile of the typical boss at a BUSINESS WEEK 1000 company. He has spent 20 years at his company--nine as CEO. And he rose through the ranks, serving stints in finance and marketing. Crandall is 57 and married, with three kids. Born in Westerly, R.I., he has an undergraduate degree in business administration and went on to earn his MBA at Wharton School. Unfortunately, when it comes to his paycheck, he veers below the norm: his salary isn't great by CEO standards, just $626,000.

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