Making Worldcom Live Up To Its Name

CEO Ebbers is expanding its reach with local and Net service

Bernard J. Ebbers is not your typical telecommunications pioneer. He doesn't have a cellular phone or a pager. He doesn't even use E-mail or voice mail to communicate with execs at WorldCom Inc., the $5.6 billion telecommunications company he heads. Instead, the 55-year-old president and CEO spends a good part of his day walking around the company's Jackson (Miss.) headquarters talking to employees. "When you come to the table with a pe [physical education] degree like I do," Ebbers jokes, "you don't know a lot about the technical stuff."

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