Energy: The Man from Medicine Hat

"The people who work in this business are not sissies, and they don't like sissies either," says a Canadian oilman who once worked with John Kenneth Jamieson, Exxon's chairman and chief executive. "Jamieson is .one of the toughest and most evenhanded men I have ever met. When you are supposed to get something done for Jamieson, you had better get it done."

"Ken" Jamieson is a product of the rough-and-tumble earlier days of the Canadian oil business. His father, now 96, is the oldest living veteran of the North West Mounted Police. Jamieson, 63,...

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