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CHICAGOTRIBUNE: Rumsfeld and Nutrasweet

Von: Ilena Rose (bia@mundo.com) [Profil]
Datum: 13.11.2006 03:58
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EXCERPT:   Saving a sweetener

After brief stints at Princeton and Northwestern, Rumsfeld was
contacted by the Searle family, the principal owners of G.D. Searle,
then a flagging North Shore pharmaceutical company under federal
investigation that was badly in need of strong leadership and
political savvy.

Its future was staked on getting federal approval of an artificial
sweetener known as aspartame that would come to be called NutraSweet.
After battling the Food and Drug Administration for years, Searle had
a Washington-savvy chief executive in Rumsfeld. After Ronald Reagan's
election in 1980, the political climate became more favorable.
Rumsfeld had helped with Reagan's transition.

Searle eventually won FDA approval, and the company's fortunes soared.

"I believe Rumsfeld played a key political role in getting aspartame
approved," said John Wagoner, a former Senate aide who was involved in
inquiries into NutraSweet. "He was head of G.D. Searle and had strong
Republican connections."

Monsanto bought Searle, and the production of NutraSweet, in 1985 for
$2.7 billion. The sale brought the Searle family and its trusts nearly
$1 billion, and about $12 million to Rumsfeld.

With his turnaround reputation validated, Fortune magazine named
Rumsfeld one of the nation's toughest CEOs.

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