Cameron Hawley (1905–1969) was simultaneously a businessman who rose through the ranks to become a top executive at Armstrong Cork Company and a prolific author of short stories and articles, which frequently appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Life, and Good Housekeeping. In his midforties, he decided to devote all of his time to writing. The result was Executive Suite, the bestselling, iconic novel about the dynamic men and women who work at the highest levels of corporate America. Executive Suite was produced as a 1954 motion picture that starred William Holden and Barbara Stanwyck, and was nominated for four Academy Awards. Hawley continued to focus on the themes of free enterprise, big-business adventurers, and the pressures of modern life in his later novels: Cash McCall, which was made into a 1960 film starring James Garner and Natalie Wood; The Lincoln Lords; and The Hurricane Years. Hawley lived for many years on a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed hunting and fly-fishing.