MONTVALE, N.J. — Somewhere there's a punch line in the irony of an airline executive moving over to the food business. But for Jake Brace, who executed a turnaround at United Airlines and is now attempting the same at A&P, the parallels are no joke. Both United, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002, and A&P, which did the same last month, were iconic names in their respective industries, subject to the heritage — and legacy costs — their longevity implied. Both ...

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