John Teets, ex-CEO of Dial, Greyhound, dies at 77

By the Associated Press | August 6, 2011 | 4:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — John W. Teets, the former CEO of the Dial and Greyhound corporations in Arizona, has died.

Family spokesman Steve Roman says the 77-year-old Teets died Friday night after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Teets once headed several major companies in the 1980s and 1990s including The Dial Corp., a Scottsdale-based soap maker.

He also was the chief executive officer of the Phoenix-based Greyhound Lines, the nation's largest provider of intercity bus transportation.

Greyhound Lines was sold in 1986, and the Dial Corp. was spun off into two separate companies that included the Phoenix-based Viad Corp. in 1996. Teets retired from the company in 1997.

Funeral plans and a list of Teets' survivors were not immediately available Saturday.