Early Briefing: New Chief for General Dynamics

Nicholas Chabraja (Stephen Morton -- Bloomberg News)

*Nicholas Chabraja was a somewhat unconventional choice to lead General Dynamics when he assumed the roles of chairman and chief executive in 1997 - he was the company's longtime lawyer, in an industry where engineers and program managers usually rise to become top executives.
To succeed him, GD has tapped Jay L. Johnson, chief executive of Dominion Virginia and a retired admiral.

*Marriott is evaluating whether to open a hotel in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, responding to a request from U.S. government officials who are eager to help revive Iraq with foreign investment and economic activity. Chief executive Bill Marriott is considering the deal but is concerned about safety issues, according to someone familiar with his thinking, reports Michael Rosenwald.

By Terri Rupar  |  May 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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