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Leon Gorman, longtime LL Bean leader, dies at 80

Leon Gorman, longtime LL Bean leader, dies at 80

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death, died Thursday at his home in Yarmouth. He was 80. Gorman died surrounded by family members after battling cancer for several months, the company said. Gorman led the Maine-based company as CEO or chairman for 46 years before retiring from L.L. Bean as chairman of the board in 2013. He retained the title of "chairman emeritus." He transformed L.L. Bean from a catalog company with a single retail store and 100 employees into a multi-channel retailer with more than 5,000 employees and sales topping $1.5 billion. All the while,...

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