A Tidy Package For Crown Cork

For a decade, William Avery labored in the shadows of Crown Cork & Seal CEO John Connelly. Cautious and debt-averse, Connelly expanded the company gradually. Then in 1990, Avery took over--and was quick to put his imprint on the packaging maker. In the past five years, he has acquired about 20 companies, more than doubling Crown's sales, to $4.5 billion.

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