By  on December 6, 2017

Leandro P. Rizzuto, the cofounder and chairman of the Conair Corp., died Dec. 3 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Rizzuto built Conair Corp. from a small hair appliance manufacturer into a $2 billion-plus multinational corporation.

Those familiar with Rizzuto said that despite his illness, he remained active in the company founded with his parents in 1959. Starting in the family’s garage, Conair broadened its reach beyond hair appliances, including acquisitions of BaByliss, Cuisinart and Waring among other brands. Conair’s portfolio also includes Scünci, Rusk, Satin Smooth and Argan Color.

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