Business & Finance: Breech's Birthday

On his 45th birthday last week, zestful, movie-handsome Ernest Robert Breech got the grandest birthday present of his life: the presidency of crucial Bendix Aviation Corp., a 19%-controlled General Motors affiliate. To take the job, Breech quit as G.M. vice president in charge of household appliances and aviation. At Bendix, Founder Vincent Bendix, 60, moved upstairs to board chairman.

In the fast-moving aviation business, Breech is a sprinter. Son of an Ozark blacksmith, he took up accounting, in 1921 won a gold medal for top grades in Illinois State CPA exams. Breech's first real job was auditor for Chicago's Fairbanks, Morse &...

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