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George William Harriman

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George William Harriman (3 March 1908 - 29 May 1973) OBE (1943), CBE (1951) was a leading figure in the British motor industry in the 1960s.

He began his career in 1923 as an apprentice at the Hotchkiss works of Morris.

He was promoted repeatedly, becoming assistant works superintendent with Morris in 1938.

In 1940 he moved to Austin as production manager

1943 June. Awarded the OBEW for war work

In 1945 he was made a director of Austin

There followed a succession of promotions through the management of the British Motor Corporation, a car manufacturing conglomerate created from the merger in 1952 of the Morris and Austin businesses.

1951 Awarded the CBE

He was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of the British Motor Corporation in 1961, having in principal taken over many of the responsibilities involved some years earlier from Leonard Lord.

In addition to his business career, he was a noted rugby football player, captaining the Coventry and Warwickshire teams in the 1930s, and playing briefly for the England team in 1933.

1967-69 President of the SMMT

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