Frederick C. Crawford
Inheriting a struggling firm in 1933, Crawford set upon a path to rebuild and diversify Thompson Products. He expanded the traditional auto parts product line to include key applications for the aircraft and aerospace industry. A strong proponent of progressive employment practices, Crawford built a viable and thriving business, increasing revenues 18-fold in the process. He orchestrated the merger of Thompson Products with Ramo-Wooldridge to form TRW, Incorporated in 1958.