Michael H. Jordan, 73, a skilled troubleshooter who held leadership roles at CBS, PepsiCo, and Westinghouse, died Tuesday in New York City from complications related to cancer.
As chairman and chief executive, Mr. Jordan was instrumental in crafting the media conglomerate that became the CBS of today. As the top executive at Westinghouse Electric Corp., he engineered the acquisition of CBS in 1995. He later shed Westinghouse's industrial businesses and kept the media business. Viacom Inc. bought CBS in 1999, but they parted ways seven years later.
CEO Leslie Moonves of CBS said Mr. Jordan "took over Westinghouse when most thought its demise was inevitable and brought it back to life, transforming the old industrial corporation into one completely focused in the media world."