Jacques A. Nasser

Since taking the wheel as president of Ford's auto operations in late '96, JACQUES A. NASSER, 50, has sliced bloated costs by about $3 billion, killed slow sellers, and shaken up the executive suite. With record profits of $6.5 billion expected for '97--Detroit's best--Lebanon-born Nasser is on the road to becoming Ford's next CEO.

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