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Samuel Knox Skinner

Samuel Knox Skinner, lawyer, retired transportation executive, former United States Secretary of Transportation. Bar: Illinois; certified jet pilot. Named Outstanding Salesmen of Year, Nationwide, International Business Machines Corporation, 1967; recipient Distinguished Eagle Scout award, Boy Scouts America, Silver Buffalo award.

Background

  • Skinner, Samuel Knox was born on June 10, 1938 in Springfield, Illinois, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University Illinois, 1960. Juris Doctor, DePaul University, 1966. Numerous honorary degrees.

    Career

    • Various sales and management positions International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, 1960-1968. Assistant United States attorney (northern district) Illinois United States Department Justice, 1968-1975. United States attorney United States Department of Justice, 1975—1977.

      Senior litigation & regulatory partner Sidley & Austin, Chicago, 1977-1989. Chairman Regional Transportation Authority, 1985-1989. Secretary United States Department Transportation, 1989—1991.

      Chief of staff to President The White House, Washington, 1991-1992. President Commonwealth Edison Company, 1993—1998, Unicom Corporation, 1993—1998. Co-chairman Hopkins & Sutter, 1998—2000.

      President, Chief Executive Officer United States Freightways Corporation, Chicago, 2000. Chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer USF Corporation (formerly United States Freightways Corporation), 2001—2003. Of counsel Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Chicago, since 2004.

      Former adjunct professor John Marshall Law School, University Chicago Harris School Public Policy. Adjunct professor management and strategy Kellogg School Management, Northwestern University. Board directors Chicago Board Options Exchange, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc., Express Scripts, Inc., since 2004.

      Member Department Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, since 2005. Chairman board directors Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Vice chairman board directors Virgin America, APAC customer services.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois; certified jet pilot.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Active Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Illinois Economic Development Board, George Bush Presidential Library. Foundation Lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1961. Member of American Bar Association, Commercial Club, Economic Club.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Skinner.
    • spouse: Mary Skinner.
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    • 1960
      University Illinois
    • 1966
      DePaul University
    • 1960 - 1968
      Various sales and management, positions International Business Machines Corporation Corporation
    • 1968 - 1975
      assistant, United States attorney (northern district) Illinois United States Department Justice
    • 1975 - 1977
      United States attorney, United States Department of Justice
    • 1977 - 1989
      senior, litigation & regulatory partner Sidley & Austin
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1985 - 1989
      chairman, Regional Transportation Authority
    • 1989 - 1991
      secretary, United States Department Transportation
    • 1991 - 1992
      chief of staff to President, The White House
      Washington, United States
    • 1993 - 1998
      president, Commonwealth Edison Company
    • 1993 - 1998
      president, Commonwealth Edison Company
    • 1998
      co-chairman Hopkins & Sutter
    • 2001 - 2003
      chairman, USF Corporation (formerly United States Freightways Corporation)
    • 2001 - 2003
      president, USF Corporation (formerly United States Freightways Corporation)
    • 2001 - 2003
      Chief Executive Officer, USF Corporation (formerly United States Freightways Corporation)
    • 2004
      of counsel, Greenberg Traurig
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
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