Graduate, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1968. Graduate, Harvard University, 1971.
With Air Canada, 1971—1973, Canadian Pacific Runway. General manager Montcel Distributors unit Celanese Canada Ltd., Montreal, 1973—1978. Senior vice president finance Americana Hotels, 1978—1979.
Vice president, operations research American Airlines, 1979—1980, vice president profit improvement, 1980—1981, vice president, controller, 1981—1983, senior vice president, controller, 1983—1985, senior vice president airline planning, 1987-1989. President, Chief Executive Officer CP Air, 1985—1987. Executive vice president finance and planning The Automated Meter Reading and American Airlines, Dallas–Fort Worth Airport, Texas, 1989-1995.
President The Automated Meter Reading Airline Group and American Airlines, Inc., 1995-1998. Chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer The Automated Meter Reading Corporation, Fort Worth, 1998—2002, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 2002—2003. Chairman Virgin American, Inc., VAI Partners, LLC, San Francisco, 2006.
Vice chairman, Chief Financial Officer Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas, 2007—2008. Board directors Dell Inc. (formerly Dell Computer Corporation), since 1992, Sears, Roebuck & Company, 2001-2005.
Member National Infrastructure Advisory Council, Office of Secretary, United States Department Homeland Security.
Board trustees Queen's University. Governor Dallas Symphony Association, Inc. Trustee Southern Methodist University.
Married Ana Carty; 3 children.