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Longtime Emerson CEO Chuck Knight dies

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Chuck Knight, who led St. Louis-based Emerson for 27 years, died Sept. 12 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. He was 81.

During his tenure, the electric motors and technology company grew to over $15 billion in revenue from $1 billion when he took the helm at age 37. At the time, he was the youngest CEO to lead a billion-dollar U.S. corporation.

Knight stepped down as CEO in 2000 and remained chairman until 2004, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.
 
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