Americans Abroad: Propelling Airbus

The rip-roaring success of Europe's aerospace giant owes much to its tireless U.S.-born sales chief Americans Abroad

John Leahy is an unabashed workaholic who spends 200 days a year on the road and puts in 18-hour days in the home office. When he is not making sales presentations or hunkering down in strategy meetings, this silver-haired, 49-year-old native of New York State is calling customers on his mobile phone or jogging to maintain his fighting edge. Colleagues say he is a tough taskmaster who pushes his 500-member sales force as hard as he pushes himself. In many ways, Leahy is a typical American business executive. Except he's not in America. In Toulouse he heads the marketing arm of...

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