BRIEF: Mercedes-Benz USA CEO discusses his West Point push-up record
Feb 08, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
These days, he's pushing Mercedes-Benz to improve its dealership experience and defending the company for releasing online videos featuring slow-walking supermodels promoting luxury vehicles.
But in the 1980s, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Stephen Cannon was a physical-fitness champion at West Point. His key accomplishment: setting the academy's record for most push-ups in two minutes: 133.
Cannon later served as an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany when the Soviet Union collapsed.
In the video above, Cannon tells reporters at the J.D. Power & Associates International Automotive Roundtable about how he set the push-up record.
Alas, the record has since been broken.
He'll have to settle for trying to beat his German luxury competitors BMW and Audi, as well as General Motors' Cadillac and Ford's Lincoln, in the global luxury competition.
"Sales leadership is important," he said. "I'm not going to tell you I don't want that."
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