In the business world, A. G. Lafley is well-known as the chairman of the board (and former CEO) of Procter & Gamble Co., the giant Cincinnati-based household goods manufacturer. But he got his start in business running the Navy Exchange at a naval air station in Japan. Here's how he answered the call.
I've spent 32 years in the corporate world, but if I were writing a recruiting ad for the military, it might well read:
"I GOT MY JOB THROUGH THE UNITED STATES NAVY."
Serving in the Navy-first as an enlisted man and then as an officer-steered me into what later became my professional calling. If I hadn't been in the military, I probably would have ended up as a history professor or a lawyer. Instead, I joined the Procter & Gamble Co., where I ultimately served for nine years as CEO and have just recently become full-time chairman of the board.