Business: Salesman's Salesman

ROBERT MAGOWAN

THE best proof, perhaps, of the old adage: "A good salesman can sell anything,'' is Robert Anderson Magowan, 55. A lean, fast-moving salesman's salesman, he ran one of the biggest sales departments for Macy's, the world's biggest store, became the star salesman of the biggest brokerage house; and now, as president and chairman of Safeway, the world's second biggest grocery chain, he has more than doubled the chain's profits in three years.

Bob Magowan lives as every salesman would like to. He has five houses across the U.S., ventures forth from his...

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