Business: Management's Renaissance Man

JOHN L. BURNS

IN an age of increasing specialization, many U.S. companies dream of a Renaissance-type man, skilled and versatile, who can command all the specialties in a smooth, rhythmic whole.

Few men come closer to that dream than a onetime teacher named John Lawrence Burns, 50, president of the huge ($1.2 billion a year), kaleidoscopic Radio Corp. of America. Spectacled, stocky John Burns not only runs the biggest U.S. entertainment company, but a sprawling complex that is intimately involved in a dozen major fields, from space vehicles to atomic energy, contains all the...

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