Textron's Expanding Focus

As part of a reorganization and a networking of its divisions, the conglomerate is recruiting more MBAs

Textron (TXT) is one of the world's oldest conglomerates, but to many MBAs, it's a mystery, even though its divisions include big-name brands like Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter. "We're a great secret. They don't know what Textron is," says William Sickman, who oversees Textron's corporate recruiting out of the company's Michigan Regional Office in Bloomfield Hills. But once they find out, he says, they realize that a multi-industry company such as the Providence (R.I.)-based Textron —which has 40,000 employees in 32 countries—offers plenty of room to build a career in management.

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