Management: Internationalism at the top

As more and more U.S. companies expand their international operations, they are turning increasingly to men with overseas experience to fill the top executive jobs. Last week Chas. Pfizer & Co., the nation's largest ethical drug company, followed the overseas route to executive leadership. As its new president and chief executive officer, it picked John J. Powers, 52, the chief of its international operations for the past 14 years. Powers takes over as Pfizer's boss from John E. McKeen, 61, who will retain his position as chairman.

McKeen's 16-year term as president will be a tough act to follow....

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