Tyco's Deal A Month Man

Dennis Kozlowski buys to get fast growth

Everywhere L. Dennis Kozlowski goes in the world, he scrutinizes the local fire hydrants. The chief executive of Tyco International Ltd. isn't a wannabe firefighter. He's gauging sales of one of the prosaic but vital industrial products made by his conglomerate. "Our wives sometimes think we're a bunch of dogs," jokes a colleague, who admits that he, too, is a hydrant-spotter.

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