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January 28, 2001 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gutty 50-year-old New York City native who grew up selling hamsters for pocket change is the unlikely champion of Airbus Industrie, a highflying European aircraft maker that is looking to topple America's premier aerospace company. John J. Leahy is the head salesman and the only high-ranking American at the Toulouse, France-based consortium. Under his hard-charging marketing leadership, Airbus has been transformed from an upstart to a contender on the verge of overtaking Boeing Co.
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January 28, 2001 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gutty 50-year-old New York City native who grew up selling hamsters for pocket change is the unlikely champion of Airbus Industrie, a highflying European aircraft maker that is looking to topple America's premier aerospace company. John J. Leahy is the head salesman and the only high-ranking American at the Toulouse, France-based consortium. Under his hard-charging marketing leadership, Airbus has been transformed from an upstart to a contender on the verge of overtaking Boeing Co.
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