After arriving here from Russia as a 13-year-old, Boris Elisman developed a particular fondness for Twinkies.
Enjoying one every day, the lanky teen eventually noticed he was putting on weight. His pants, which his parents couldn't afford to replace, were getting too tight.
Elisman never ate another Twinkie.
Such is the discipline Elisman, 50, brings to his role as president and chief operating officer of Acco Brands Corp., the Lincolnshire-based company known for Swingline staplers, Kensington computer accessories and, with its most recent acquisition, Mead office products.
As the likely internal successor-in-waiting to the company's chairman and chief...