Packard Bell's Chief Was Born To Shop

But does CEO Alagem's NEC deal give the store away?

Beny Alagem, chief executive officer of Packard Bell Electronics Inc., knows that the only way to survive in the rough-and-tumble of today's personal computer business is to get big--and get big fast. And he's proving that he isn't beyond cutting deals to do it. The ink was barely dry on Packard Bell's agreement last February to acquire Zenith Data Systems from France's Groupe Bull, and he was back at the podium. On June 4, Alagem announced that the privately held Packard Bell would acquire NEC Corp.'s international PC operations--those outside of Japan and China.

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