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L-3 chief Strianese: “I was not born a CEO”


The Chief Executive Officer of L-3 Communications says he’s a “city kid” from New York who worked his way up from loading trucks in the Bronx as a college student to being in charge of  a large U.S. defense contractor. AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/

And so he takes exception when people demonize CEOs just for the sake of it.

“We went though a period of time where CEOs were cast as the villains of the earth,” Michael Strianese said in an interview at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit.

“And I found that very troubling since I worked my entire life from loading trucks in Hunts Point in the Bronx when I was in college, to doing my homework on the subway. ”

“So I was not born a CEO, I worked truly from the ground up in this company, and I’m very proud of that accomplishment,” Strianese said.