I'll have to admit, I'm intrigued by Joseph Berardino, the chief executive at Big Five firm Andersen. Both personally and professionally.

On a personal note, he, like myself, is an Italian-American reared on Long Island, with a father who was in the insurance business. He also studied accounting in college, with obviously far greater success than did I. From everything I've read about him, he took a hard work ethic straight up management ladder to eventually hold the top post at Andersen. On the surface, at least, he seems like a basically decent fellow but whose corporate world is crumbling around him.

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