Intense, focused and possessing an agile mind with a strong penchant for detail, Jerry York was the archetypical “no nonsense” executive, and his cost-cutting and turnaround credentials put his services in high demand. York, whose fast-paced career included posts at each of the Big Three U.S. auto makers, died Thursday, March 18, at his home north of Detroit. He was 71. York, however, was best known as the chief strategist and negotiator for Las Vegas billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s ...

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