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After beginning his business career at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., Gerhard Andlinger was recruited to ITT by the legendary Harold Geneen in 1960 as the first Director of Planning and Organization for the conglomerate's worldwide operations.

By 1962, Mr. Andlinger had become ITT Group Executive - Far East, headquartered in Hong Kong. As Group Executive, he reorganized and expanded ITT's activities in the Pacific Basin. During the same time, Mr. Andlinger served on the Board of Directors of NEC and Sumitomo Electric. At the age of 34, he was elected Corporate Vice President, the youngest ever elected into that position.

In 1967, Mr. Andlinger left ITT to become Chairman of Esterline Corporation, a leading electronics and instrumentation company, to guide the company's public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1972, in an unprecedented move, ITT asked Mr. Andlinger to come back as Chairman of its Levitt & Sons, Inc. subsidiary, developer of the world-famous Levittown. He expanded the firm internationally into Puerto Rico, France and Spain.

Mr. Andlinger ended his second stint at ITT in 1976 to set up his private investment firm, Andlinger & Company, specializing in leveraged buyouts.

In 1978, ITT's new CEO asked Mr. Andlinger to return again and elected him as Executive Vice President of ITT Corporation and President of ITT - Europe. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Mr. Andlinger was responsible for 360 companies with sales over $10 billion.

On the resignation of ITT's CEO, Mr. Andlinger returned to his own firm as Chairman in 1979.