In January two events are scheduled to happen: Dennis Kozlowski will be paroled from prison and Professor Cathy Neal’s book on Mr. Kozlowski will be released.
Dennis Kozlowski was the former CEO for Tyco International. In 2005 he was sentenced to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison following his conviction on grand larceny, securities fraud and other charges.
Kozlowski was dubbed the poster boy for corporate greed. He was known for an extravagant lifestyle which included a $16,000 umbrella stand, a $6,000 shower curtain, and a $2 million birthday party for his wife. It is believed that he looted Tyco of around $137 million before he was indicted by former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau.
Cathy Neal, Esq. an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law in the Haile/US Bank College of Business at NKU recently wrote a book chronicling the life of this Tyco executive. Ms. Neal was granted exclusive access to Mr. Kozlowski for the writing of Taking Down the Lion: The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Fall of Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski, a compelling inside look at the controversial CEO who at the pinnacle of success was taken down in a very public legal drama that played out twice in a New York City courtroom. She is seen as an expert on Kozlowski and is called upon by media outlets like Fox News and Forbes Magazine. It is the definitive telling of a largely misunderstood episode in U.S. business history. In an unfiltered view of corporate America, Catherine Neal pulls back the curtain to reveal a world of big business, ambition, money, and an epidemic of questionable ethics that infected not only business dealings but extended to attorneys, journalists, politicians, and the criminal justice system.