Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Donald Keough (2015)

    Donald Keough

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the company. He was 88.Keough served as the company's president and chief operating officer from 1981 to 1993. He is credited with expanding Coca-Cola into a more global presence and...

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  • Yutaka Katayama, 105 (1909 - 2015)

    Yutaka Katayama

    By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said Saturday. He was 105.Known as the "father of the Z," Katayama won international respect for the Datsun Z as an affordable sports car at a time when Japan-made products were synonymous...

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  • Michele Ferrero, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Michele Ferrero

    By NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. He was 89.Ferrero, who had been ill for several months, died Saturday in Montecarlo where he lived, surrounded by his family, the company said...

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  • Liam E. McGee (2015)

    Liam E. McGee

    The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of The Hartford financial services firm who was credited with guiding the company as it recovered from the recession has died. Liam E. McGee was 60.The Hartford, Connecticut-based company announced Monday that McGee had died Friday of cancer.Presiding director Thomas A. Renyi says McGee made the "tough decisions necessary to guide the...

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  • John C. Whitehead, 92 (1922 - 2015)

    John C. Whitehead

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — John C. Whitehead, a Wall Street banker who led Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s international expansion in the 1970s and '80s and later was founding chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, died Saturday. He was 92.Whitehead joined Goldman Sachs in 1947 and worked his way to senior partner and co-chairman before leaving 38 years later to become deputy...

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