SENATORS Barack Obama and John McCain have been competing fiercely to be president. But there is a win-win option for both of them: they could just take corporate jobs.
There are presidents everywhere in business these days — corporate presidents, of course, but also presidents of divisions, regions and product lines. General Motors has around a dozen, from the president of the whole company to presidents in various countries to the president of its OnStar division.
Leonard M. Lodish, a consultant who is a marketing professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, says the title of president has become much more common in the last 15 years among companies with whom he works.