Taking Down the Lion is a compelling inside look at the controversial CEO best known for his $6,000 shower curtain - who when at the pinnacle of success was taken down in a very public legal drama that played out twice in a New York City courtroom. As the widely-admired CEO of Tyco International, Dennis Kozlowski grew a little-known New Hampshire conglomerate into a global giant. In a stunning series of events, Kozlowski suddenly lost his job along with his favored public status when he was indicted by legendary Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau - it was an inglorious end to an otherwise brilliant career. Kozlowski was the face of corporate excess in the turbulent post-Enron environment; he was pictured under headlines that read "Oink Oink," and publicly castigated for his extravagant lifestyle. "Deal-a-Day Dennis" was transformed into the "poster child for corporate greed." Kozlowski was ultimately convicted of grand larceny and other crimes that, in sum, found the former CEO guilty of wrongfully taking $100 million from Tyco.
Taking Down the Lion shines a bright light on former CEO Dennis Kozlowski and the Tyco corporate scandal - 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. When the ugly truth is told, it's clear the "good guys" were not all good and the "bad guys" not all bad. And there were absolutely no heroes.
Catherine S. Neal is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law in the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was a Corporate Law Fellow. Professor Neal was granted unprecedented access to Dennis Kozlowski, his papers, attorneys, family, friends, and former Tyco colleagues as well as transcripts and evidence from two criminal trials. Neal's research included interviews with former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau and with the foreman of the jury that convicted Kozlowski.
Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE: MOGUL STYLE Chapter One Six Women and Six Men Chapter Two BA 0.043 Chapter Three 950 Fifth Avenue Chapter Four Executive Perquisites Chapter Five Behind the Elephant Chapter Six Becoming CEO PART TWO: TIMING IS EVERYTHING Chapter Seven Big Time Scrutiny Chapter Eight The Good Old Days Chapter Nine Extraordinary Times Chapter Ten You Say You Want a Resolution Chapter Eleven When the CIT Hit the Fan Chapter Twelve 'Oh God, what now?' PART THREE: RING AROUND THE WHITE-COLLAR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE Chapter Thirteen 'Pour encourager les autres' Chapter Fourteen Internal Investigation Chapter Fifteen People v. Kozlowski I Chapter Sixteen People v. Kozlowski II Chapter Seventeen Cut From Whole Cloth PART FOUR: INGLORIOUS ENDING Chapter Eighteen 05A4820 Chapter Nineteen Observations Bibliography Notes