Business: Ford's Fastest Whiz Kid

ROBERT STRANGE McNAMARA

TO the Ford Motor Co. in 1946 came a unique personnel package: a team of ten young Army Air Force officers who had racked up a notable wartime record working together on military production and supply. The "Whiz Kids"—as the team soon was known—applied their war-honed management talents to Ford's vast auto empire, moved up fast in Ford's executive ranks. None moved faster than a slim (6 ft, 165 lbs.) accountant with a computer mind. Robert Strange McNamara. Last week Bob McNamara, 44, was named president of Ford, the first non-Ford since Founder Henry in 1906 to occupy the...

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