An Early Takeoff at Pan Am

The board forces Seawell to leave the afflicted airline

When he took over from Najeeb Halaby as chairman and chief executive of Pan American World Airways almost a decade ago, William T. Seawell brought with him a sparkling resume. A graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard Law School, Seawell rose to Air Force brigadier general and was commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy before switching to business in 1963. He then held top posts at American Airlines and the U.S. subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Ltd. But in 1980, after a...

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