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May 10, 1997 |
Chapman University President James Doti thought the business executive was kidding. George Fisher, chief executive of Eastman Kodak Co., was speaking at a university fund-raiser April 17 when he offhandedly mentioned a conversation he'd had with his wife at home. Ann Wallace Fisher had promised that if no one showed up to hear her husband's speech, she would pony up $200,000 to the university so the fund-raiser wouldn't be a flop.
June 10, 1999 |
George Fisher, the onetime darling of Wall Street who struggled to pull Eastman Kodak Co. into the Digital Age, will step down as chief executive of the giant photography company, effective Jan. 1. In a move long expected, the company's board said that Fisher will be succeeded by his handpicked successor, Kodak veteran Daniel Carp. The switch comes at a time when Kodak is groping its way toward a digital future.
October 31, 1993 |
Faint hearts don't win world markets is but one of the morals you can draw from last week's big story of Eastman Kodak tapping Motorola's chairman to lead it back to prosperity. Short-term success seems assured. That George Fisher, who turned down the top job at IBM earlier this year, accepted the chief executive's post at Kodak tells you the photographic company is in better shape than the computer maker. If Fisher can cut costs even moderately, he'll soon have Kodak earning healthy profits.
December 9, 1987
John F. Mitchell, currently president and chief operating officer, will become a vice chairman and officer of the board of Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., effective Jan. 1. George M. C. Fisher, currently senior executive vice president and deputy to the chief executive, will become president and CEO. Vice Chairman and CEO William J. Weisz will continue as vice chairman and become an officer of the board. The changes are part of Motorola's leadership transition plan.
December 4, 2011 |
Like the passing of distinguished individuals, the passing of great corporations should prompt us to ponder the transience of earthly glory. So let's pay our respects to Eastman Kodak, which at this writing appears to be a shutter-click from extinction. Once ranked among the bluest of blue chips, Kodak shares sell today at close to $1. Kodak's chairman has been denying that the company is contemplating a bankruptcy filing with such vehemence that many believe Chapter 11 must lurk just around the corner.