PERSONNEL: Mr. Think Jr.

As the son of Board Chairman Thomas J. Watson of International Business Machines Corp., Tom Watson Jr. is fond of saying that he "takes real pride in being a great man's son." Last week 38-year-old Tom Jr. got a piece of news that both he and his father could be proud of. I.B.M.'s board elected Tom Jr. president of the company, replacing John G. Phillips, who steps up to vice chairman of the board and head of the executive committee.

Tom Jr. practically grew up in the business. Born in Dayton, Ohio, he...

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