John H. Bryan, Jr.
When Bryan took over Consolidated Foods, later renamed the Sara Lee Corporation, the company was a $2.5 billion dollar conglomerate. Bryan made significant acquisitions including the Hanes Corporation, which experienced a doubling of sales from $450 to $900 million. By 1987, Bryan had grown the company into a $9 billion dollar corporation and a $20 billion dollar global enterprise by 2000 with leading brands including Sara Lee, Hillshire Farm, Hanes, Coach and Playtex.

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