Today's guest: “chainsaw” albert j dunlap, former ceo of scott paper and author of mean business: how i save bad companies and make good companies great or. For those who have not heard the screams, mr dunlap spent his brief tenure at sunbeam executing his patented two-pronged strategy: he fires half the workforce, then berates the other half the delight he takes in his work, combined with a pair of bloodcurdling nicknames—“chainsaw al” and “rambo in. (fortune magazine) – one more turnaround like the rest of them, and al dunlap will go to his grave known as chainsaw al the damn 'chainsaw' they'll put it on my tombstone and then i'll come down and haunt 'em, says dunlap, who is always riled about something on this particular friday morning. Either way, the plain-talking son of a new jersey shipyard worker continues to live up to his reputation as chainsaw al, a man ruthlessly skilled at downsizing clunky corporate giants named chief of the troubled sunbeam corporation in july, dunlap announced last week that he was laying off half of its. Survived many crises it has changed its name, acquired rival companies, added new product lines, gone through bankruptcy, restructured, relocated, and hired and fired many ceos, including “chainsaw al” dunlap today, sunbeam has grown into a well-known brand of consumer products used for cooking, health care. Chainsaw: the notorious career of al dunlap in the era of profit-at-any-price [ john a byrne] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers before there was ken lay and jeff skilling at enron, before bernie ebbers at worldcom, or dennis kozlowski at tyco.
It would be hard to imagine a more scathing indictment of one man's career and character than this blistering saga by byrne (informed consent), a senior writer for business week dubbed chainsaw al for his management style, which featured massive layoffs, dunlap became a business star when he appeared to have. On the other end of the spectrum are leaders like al dunlap, also known as the chainsaw now retired, dunlap spent his career hopping from one corporate boardroom to the next, applying a myopic obsession with his companies' financials at the expense of absolutely everything else during his stint atop. Free essay: background in july 1996, alert jdunlap (also known as chainsaw al)was hired as ceo and chairman by sunbeams' board of directors to help the. Sunbeam ceo al dunlap talks about his own management philosophy and his tough guy reputation i mean, part of it's track record, but part of it, people know al dunlap's the tough guy i asked dunlap about the notorious nicknames he's earned, from “rambo in pinstripes” to “chainsaw”.
Albert dunlap had nicknames that would be more appropriate for a mid-90's van damme vehicle than a corporate boardroom known alternately as “the shredder” and “chainsaw al,” he was euphemistically described as a “ turnaround specialist” during his years as a ceo, which is a polite way of saying. Al dunlap is an original: an outspoken, irascible executive with an incredible track record of injecting new life into tired companies the business media have coined a new verb–“to dunlap”–when describing a fast company turnaround in april 1994 he became ceo and chairman of scott paper, which had.
Albert j dunlap, an executive who became the symbol for brutal layoffs and plant closings to boost corporate profits, was fired as chairman and chief executive of appliance maker sunbeam corp. Al dunlap quotes 101 al dunlap quotes (albert j dunlap quotes, al chainsaw dunlap quotes) 1 2 3 the success of a corporation is inversely proportional to the size and opulence of its headquarters al dunlap you're not in business to be liked al dunlap dunlap = 1 to turn a company around at lightning speed 2. The indoor athletic facility on campus was named the albert j dunlap athletic training facility, following another $5 million donation his name also is on the al dunlap football practice fields a graduate of west point, al dunlap was the subject of the book, “chainsaw: the notorious career of al dunlap.
Watch this exclusive mr media interview with “chainsaw” albert j dunlap, former ceo of scott paper and author of mean business: how i save bad companies and make good companies great, by clicking on the video player above mr media is recorded live before a studio audience that is packed to. Company: sunbeam corp (1996-1998) estimated compensation: $500,000 ( 1997) summary achievements: dunlap's much-ballyhooed turnarounds consisted of firing thousands of employees and closing factories, earning him the nickname chainsaw al at sunbeam, his strategy backfired, and the. Albert chainsaw al dunlap took over the reins at sunbeam corporation in july 1996 in a hire meant to provide the company with a turnaround in the small appliance industry his plan involved massive cuts to the company's product lines , plant closings and major cutbacks in the number of employees at sunbeam. Before there was ken lay and jeff skilling at enron, before bernie ebbers at worldcom, or dennis kozlowski at tyco, there was al dunlap -- the notorious business executive whose actions foreshadowed a ruinous period in business when illusion seemed to matter more than reality al dunlap -- aka chainsaw al -- was.
Retired corporate executive albert dunlap, with his temper flaring like a race horse's nostrils, got a police escort out of tuesday's ocala city council meeting councilman jay musleh commented later in the meeting that dunlap -- who is known as “chainsaw al” -- has made some quick bucks himself by. But then i met al dunlap [that would be “chainsaw” al dunlap, former ceo of sunbeam and notorious downsizer] he effortlessly turns the psychopath checklist into “who moved my cheese” many items on the checklist he redefines into a manual of how to do well in capitalism there was his reputation.
Picture a psychopath and you might think of norman bates but ronson says successful businessmen can also score high on the checklist while researching his book, ronson visited the florida home of al dunlap — known as chainsaw al — who as ceo of appliance maker sunbeam was notorious for. Corporate turnaround specialist al dunlap, whose penchant for slashing jobs earned him the nickname chainsaw al, was fired from the top post at sunbeam corp after directors said they had lost confidence in his leadership. Fresh buzz from chainsaw al dunlap: corporate culture today.
Al dunlap was one of the best-known corporate turnaround artists of the 1990s in 1996, he was hired at sunbeam to effect a restructuring, but was fired almost two years later when the company's financial performance and stock price began to decline many of the controversies that had surrounded him at. Journalist/humorist jon ronson's ted talk “strange answers to the psychopath test” addresses the dsm, diseasing normality, faking mental illness, and the psychopathy of former ceo “chainsaw” al dunlap the huffington post, for their ted weekends section, asked me for a reaction to ronson's. The ruthless methods he employed to streamline failing companies, most notably scott paper, won him the nicknames chainsaw al and rambo in pinstripes however, his career was effectively ended after he engineered a massive accounting scandal at sunbeam products, now sunbeam-oster, that ultimately cost that. I was researching a book about psychopaths and had come to meet al dunlap, a merciless cost-cutter and the onetime ceo of sunbeam, a man who seemed to actually, unlike most management needed someone who would slash costs, which is how “chainsaw al” dunlap wound up at the reins.