From Hero To Zero In Nine Weeks

Al Holland seemed like a godsend to Viasoft. What happened?

For Viasoft Inc., Alvin E. Holland was more than just a new chief financial officer--he was heaven-sent. Or so it seemed when he came on board last January. Viasoft, a Phoenix-based pioneer in the hot field of computer software, had seen its share price double since it went public in March, 1995, and the dapper 50-year-old Texan appeared to have all the right credentials and the polish to build on the company's growing reputation on Wall Street.

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