Does it just seem that way, or are chief executive officers in the food manufacturing and distribution industry increasingly exposed to the ultimate downside risk of failure, namely being dismissed? Two startling and highly publicized events concerning chief executives from the vendor side of the industry seem to suggest so: In February, M. Douglas Ivester left the Coca-Cola Co. and, in recent weeks, Durk I. Jager left Procter & Gamble. Both men have some important career aspects in ...

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