The Cfo Who's Wowing Wall Street

When Robert A. Bowman took over as chief financial officer at ITT Corp. in 1992 at the tender age of 37, some Wall Street analysts groaned. ITT had little tradition of financial acumen and was known for chilly inaccessibility to investors. Bowman's first meeting with analysts didn't inspire much confidence. "He wasn't comfortable. He didn't seem to know what to say," recalls Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp.'s Jack Blackstock. "I thought 'Uh oh, he's too green.'"

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