Business & Finance: Heir Apparent

Until last week, few people outside U.S. Steel Corp. had ever heard of Roger M. Blough. Though he has been Big Steel's legal eagle, a vice president, and President Benjamin Fairless' right-hand for years, Blough had a passion for anonymity. But last week, as Chairman Irving Olds retired at 65 and President Fairless took on his job as well, Blough (rhymes with plow) emerged as the heir apparent to what has traditionally been Big Steel's biggest job. He took over the long-vacant vice-chairmanship of the company.

Blough, 48, was born in Riverside, Pa., went...

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