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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 12

Bluegrass Hurricane: Mr. Jackson’s Wild Ride

The fallout from walking away from corporate takeover turned out to be surprisingly mild. Lew Platt left Kendall-Jackson on good terms a few weeks later, pronouncing his work complete after eighteen months in Santa Rosa. He had run Kendall-Jackson as the big, established company it had been for years but never quite admitted. He had used the same approach, admired but abandoned, that he had adopted at HP: humane, consensus building, risk averse, focused on long-term gain, and seeking to perfect the lines of business already in place that had been, in some cases, left half-baked for years, such as the anemic international sales division. This represented a major change for the wine company. ...

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