As the year 1943 opened, one of the biggest management jobs in the world remained to be filled—the presidency of the two billion dollar Standard Oil Co. (NJ.) left vacant by the death last November of William S. Farish.

When Farish died he left behind him a task that in its scope and importance makes the position of all but the very top Washington politicos look like small change. A big war producer (including synthetic rubber) at home; in the thick of war itself abroad and on the high seas where it commands the largest private fleet in the world; deep...

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