George A. David

For GEORGE A. DAVID, an ocean sailboat racer, 1995 was the year his company finally delivered. United Technologies saw earnings and margins rise despite falling defense spending and modest revenue growth. The 53-year-old CEO galvanized the $21 billion conglomerate to capitalize on its great name franchises--Otis, Carrier, Sikorsky, and Pratt & Whitney. Wall Street cheered: The stock rose about 48%.

GEORGE A. DAVID
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