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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:15:00 GMT | By Max Nisen
15 CEOs who spent their whole careers at one company

Loyalty paid off for these business leaders.



Gregory Wasson; Mary Barra; Samuel Allen (© Fred Prouser/Newscom/RTR; REX/ZUMA; Sergei Karpukhin/Newscom/RTR)
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Who says it's no longer a straight line to the top?

In the past few months, two of the biggest and best-known corporations in the world, General Motors and Wal-Mart, rewarded loyalty by giving the CEO job to people who had spent their entire careers at the company.

Mary Barra of GM rose from a summer job as a teenager inspecting panels at a Pontiac plant to become the automaker's first female CEO. And Doug McMillon of Wal-Mart started out at the company unloading trucks and then climbed the ranks for decades.

We've collected some of the other major CEOs who have managed to rise from entry-level positions all the way to the top of their companies.

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