Cover Story -- The Best Managers
BERNARD J. EBBERS
Last year hard-charging BERNARD J. EBBERS, CEO of WorldCom, jumped into the telecom big leagues. The former high school basketball coach outbid both British Telecom and GTE in a high-adrenaline race to snare MCI Communications for $37 billion. If the deal passes regulatory muster, it will vault WorldCom to the No.2 spot in long distance behind AT&T (page 93). The brash Ebbers, 56, now must prove he can manage as well as he chases down deals.