Heineman, Ben

Heineman, Ben (Walter)

(1914–  ) railroad executive, lawyer; born in Wausau, Wis. He had a 20-year law career in private practice and government service in Chicago, Washington, and Algiers before reviving the fortunes of the Chicago & North Western Railway Co. as chairman and CEO (1956–72) by streamlining and modernizing its Chicago commuter lines. He was founder, chairman, and CEO of Northwest Industries (1968–85).
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