You're Going to Kill Us Both

Martin Marietta's Pownall recalls his epic battle with Bendix

Thomas G. Pownall, 61, chairman of Martin Marietta and a survivor of last fall's great merger battle among Bendix, Allied and Martin Marietta, has emerged as a business folk hero. On the New York Stock Exchange floor a few days ago, traders eagerly shook his hand and told him that he had fundamentally altered the merger climate by proving that a takeover target could fight back and survive. At least three books are now being written on the whole saga, and several business schools are...

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