Executives: Able, Aggressive

EXECUTIVES Able, Agressive—and Out When he became the $150,000-a-year chairman and chief executive officer of Cities Service Co. two years ago, John L. Burns admitted that his experience in the petroleum industry amounted to knowing how to "fill the tank of my car." Yet he figured that he could do the job through pure executive ability.

Apparently, he was wrong. Last week Cities Service, the U.S.'s twelfth largest oil company, announced that Burns, 59, was leaving, in the usual amicable way to pursue the usual other interests of his own. Charles S. Mitchell, 58, who has spent 37 years in the...

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