Corporate Moonbeam

At Sunbeam-Oster Odd behavior brings down the head of a consumer-products company

O.K., HE MAY HAVE STRUCK SOME AS A LITTLE flaky. Still, Paul Kazarian qualified as a "mad genius" for leading Sunbeam-Oster out of bankruptcy and back to profitability. But then the 37-year-old wunderkind was dismissed as chairman and chief executive of the $1 billion company.

Kazarian, whose investment group acquired financially troubled Sunbeam-Oster (ne Allegheny International) in 1990, was sacked by the company's board after a series of bizarre incidents. According to the Wall Street Journal, he fired a BB gun at empty chairs during a meeting while shouting "Die! Die!," threw a pint of orange juice past his controller's head,...

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