Charles Thomas Ireland, Jr.
(1921-1972) was a president of CBS
, whose appointment from another company and then surprising death caused turmoil within the corporation.
Educated at Bowdoin College
and then Yale Law School
, Ireland had worked at the ITT Corporation
before he was appointed CBS president in 1971, making him third in power to Frank Stanton
and William S. Paley
. His appointment, which made him the likely successor to Stanton in the long run, caused turmoil at CBS since he came from outside the company and was placed ahead of several internal candidates. Shockingly, in 1972, Ireland died of a heart attack less than a year after his appointment and was succeed by Arthur Taylor
who held the job for another four years.
Captain US Marines WWII, Pres Allegheny Corp, Sec'y NY Central RR, VP ITT, New England Tennis Champion, Father to Claire (deceased), Ann, Stepfather to Alan Ireland (Gardner) and Stephen Gardner