At Dupont, Time To Both Sow And Reap

It expands into new fields while bolstering its old reliables

John A. Krol does not fit the image of the formal--even stiff--DuPont exec. Now finishing his second year as CEO of DuPont Co., he has been known to loosen up meetings by leading executives in song. (A favorite: You Are My Sunshine.) But since Krol took over from the far more reserved Edgar S. Woolard Jr., it's not only the tone of the meetings that have changed. Krol, a 34-year DuPont veteran, is also trying to turn the slow-moving, cyclical giant into an industrial growth machine.

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