3 Most Famous CEOs in History
Just before the recession, we saw a number of CEOs in the corporate America coming under fire for having been the root cause of the ailing economy. Numerous congressional committees were started to get answers to the mess created by corporate America. In spite of this, there are CEOs that to date are still being accredited for not only having shaped the future of their countries, but also the rest of the world. The United States, Canada and Europe as we know it would not be what we know it today were it not the efforts and sweats of these CEOs. Listed herein, are the 3 most famous CEOs in history.
Up to now, Charles Coffin is still being regarded as the grandfather of the corporate world. He is the one that constructed the platform that other CEOs walked on. Charles Coffin was the first president of General Electric. Unknown to most people is that Charles was initially in the shoe business. As a matter of fact, only a handful of people known of Charles Coffin, which is a testimony of his enormity. His forerunner is the one responsible for his humble nature that led to most people not knowing him in person. Ask any CEO and they will tell you that it is never easy to fill the shoes of the founding CEO. Try to envisage this. His predecessor held a myriad of patents ranging from electric light, motion picture to dissemination of electricity, phonograph and alkaline battery. However, Charles understood his job description, and he comprehended the fact that he would never be the second Thomas Edison, who was his predecessor. But, the one thing he knew was that he could improve on the works of his predecessor and that is exactly what made him a great CEO.
Bill Allen is known as the CEO that thought bigger. His motto was “Do not chat too much”, instead “Let other people do the talking”. Bill Allen was the CEO of Boeing from the 50s. The aircrafts that his company designed and made are what helped win the war. While Boeing assisted in winning the war, success looked like more of a distant light for Boeing in 1945. The company’s profits dropped by more than 90 percent the moment requisition for bombing planes ceased. The worst thing is that the general public knew that Boeing was not good at anything other than making war planes. While every Tom, Dick and Harry had this thought, its new CEO knew something that every other person did not know. But all that changed the moment he had an idea to venture into the commercial market by building the 707 Boeing jets. The rest as they say is history or the present if you may prefer.
Sam Walton is said to have overcame his personality and help start one of the largest retail stores in the world today. Sam Walton was quoted as having said, “I have an appeal of a promoter but the soul of an operator”.
Because of what other CEOs did in the past, today’s CEOs in the corporate world have found a platform from which to operate and inspire the future growth of their companies and that of the world. Their actions today, will determine whether the world has something to offer tomorrow.