Corporations: A Place in the Sun

In its 83-year history, Philadelphia-based Sun Oil Co. has had only three presidents: Founder Joseph Newton Pew, his son J. Howard Pew, and Robert G. Dunlop, who was picked for the job in 1947, when he was a 37-year-old comptroller. Last week Sun Oil again leaped a generation to pick a chief operations officer. Directors reached deep into the ranks and selected H. (for Harry) Robert Sharbaugh, 40, who up to now has been a little-known assistant to the vice president in charge of manufacturing. The company did nothing to discourage speculation that Sharbaugh is being groomed to become...

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