EXECUTIVES: Mahoney's New Line

David J. Mahoney, the ebullient, $350,000-a-year chief executive of Norton Simon Inc., looks like a movie hero, talks like a salesman in a hurry and is willing to go out on a limb. At the start of each of the past three years, Mahoney predicted that the earnings of the widely diversified food, drink and publishing company would increase by at least 15%. He has hit the mark every time. Now, bent on building N.S.I, into a consumer-products giant that would equal Procter & Gamble and Unilever, Mahoney has begun a major...

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